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Japan to use blockchain to prevent resume fraud

NTT teams with university to create tamper-proof digital diploma

College students head to job interviews: Keeping track of academic records is becoming more complicated as universities merge and more workers return to school. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

SAPPORO, Japan -- Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, could soon be used in Japan as a way to verify educational records.

The Muroran Institute of Technology, located on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is partnering with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West on the technology, according to a Monday announcement. They will first kick off the service at the institute by the year ending March 2020.

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