Japan’s Digital Agency launches DAO to explore DAOs and Web3
The Digital Agency of Japan, aimed at harmonizing nationwide initiatives related to digital transformation, has launched a research decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO, targeting Web3.
In a Nov. 2 meeting, the Digital Agency it had established a DAO in an effort to explore the “functions and roles” of DAOs. The group added it would consider the benefits and challenges of granting the DAO legal status in Japan, citing the U.S. state of Wyoming in July 2021.
According to the Digital Agency, it planned to investigate aspects of digital assets and that could potentially be used for “cross-border crimes that exploit blockchain technology” and threaten user protection. The announcement suggested that the agency could conduct a blockchain analysis of complaints related to the digital asset space from Japan’s authorities.
“In regards to services and tools discussed in connection with Web 3.0 including crypto assets, DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and the metaverse, each have benefits and risks,” said the Digital Agency. “There are various problems to be addressed.”
The newly established Digital Ministry of the Japanese announced on November 2 that it has established its own DAO to investigate and analyze its problems and potential by actually participating in the DAO, and whether to grant the DAO legal personality.
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The agency added it was exploring other initiatives related to digital innovating, including the trial run of a nonfungible token, or NFT, “that proves the work history of staff members.” The group noted that such a token would need to fall outside the country’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism regulations, as many crypto assets do.
Though many consider Japan to have some of the strictest crypto regulations in the region, the country moved forward on adoption. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in October that the government to promote Web3 services, including those dealing with NFTs and the metaverse. The city of Fukuoka, aiming to become a Web3 hub, also behind the Astar blockchain.