Fujitsu and Japanese banks in blockchain pilot
Written by Anthony Strzalek
Fujitsu has reached an agreement with three major Japanese banks to conduct a joint field trial of a person-to-person money transfer service using blockchain technology.
Fujitsu will work with Mizuho Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group with the trial set to begin in January 2018 and expected to last for about three months. Fujitsu has already initiated development of the trial system.
For this field trial, Fujitsu will develop a cloud-based blockchain platform for money transfers between individuals that can be jointly used by these three major banks, as well as a smartphone application that allows users to easily handle the different steps for sending money and for making deposits and withdrawals.
Fujitsu and the three major banks will verify that the system can seamlessly link a money transfer account for individuals set up on this platform with the user's actual bank account.
The field trial will additionally confirm whether the new platform can accurately and securely handle a series of processes, including transferring value between money transfer accounts for individuals, as well as clearing and settlement.