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Jun

Want to change paper support to an awesome form?The strengths of the blockchain learned from DX

The future of digital work that is essential for working remotely Remote work increased by 49% in Tokyo due to the impact of COVID-19 The corona-virus pandemic that has spread throughout the world is an opportunity to rethink the structure and state of society. One kind of change is in work or operations. Today, in Japan and around the world, major companies as well as small and medium-sized companies are promoting working from home or remotely. According to a survey of 800 U.S. human resources managers by U.S. research firm Gartner (announced on March 17), 88% of companies and organizations encourage or require employees to work from home. According to a survey by the Persol Research Institute, as of April, 27% of people in Japan and 49% of people in Tokyo were working remotely. (This survey was conducted on the Internet from April 10-12, with 25,769 people aged 20-59 who work for companies with 10 or more employees) Although there are regional differences, the fact that about half of the workers in Tokyo are working remotely could be thought as significant. The changing demand for paper-based work: why the government and the private sector have been slow to eliminate the paper culture Even though more and more people are working remotely, doing actual paper-based work is a challenge on many levels in society. When working remotely online, most of the work is done on a computer, and printing out or sending materials is a time-consuming task. The first effect from this shift was a fall in the stock prices of the paper industry. The stock index of Japan’s major paper companies has fallen about 30 percent in the first quarter […]

12

May

Thinking about the future of food chains through the lens of digital transformation

~SDGs No.12 Responsible consumption and production The global food crisis is getting worse. Did you know that 800 million people (one in nine worldwide) suffer from hunger, yet 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year around the world? To address this issue, the United Nations and stakeholders involved in the global food chain are working on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and the Food Waste Reduction Promotion Act. In order to feed the world’s ever-growing population, the entire food chain, from traditional food production to consumption, needs to be reviewed. Global challenges, background on food loss In fact, there is enough food produced in the world during the year to distribute to the entire population. According to the United Nations WFP report, the world produces about 4 billion tons of food a year, of which 1.3 billion tons (one third) is wasted. The numbers are astonishing and at the same time the reasons for this disposal differ between developing and developed countries. The cause of waste in developing countries is “surplus crops;” in other words, overproduced food is thrown away. This is partly because individual farmers are unable to set up warehouses for long-term storage due to financial reasons, and vegetables that do not meet standards are often rejected by wholesalers. In developed countries, for example in Japan, food waste is 27.59 million tons per year, and the amount of food that could be eaten but is discarded is about 6.5 million tons per year. This means that each Japanese person throws away 51kg of edible food every year (according to the Consumer Affairs Agency.) In developed countries where each individual citizen has a commensurate income and is expected […]

31

Mar

“Carbon offset” using blockchain technology 4 Reasons to Innovate Various Businesses

The power of digital transformation to spur global CO2 reduction About carbon offset In recent years, the “carbon offset” approach has become a common phrase among major companies.In order to put this system into practice, major companies are actively promoting participation in the “J-credit system” led by the Ministry of the Environment, major Japanese trading companies, logistics and retail businesses. However, to participate in this system, complicated application procedures and complicated certification procedures are major issues. Attempts are being made to solve them with blockchain technology. Therefore, our topics this time are why the “carbon offset” and “J-credit system” are drawing attention and an introduction to blockchain technology that has the potential to solve various issues. “Carbon offset” that gives “creditability” to CO2 reduction To explain carbon offset, “It is a concept of compensating for greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2, which cannot be avoided in daily life and economic activities, and investing in greenhouse gas reduction activities commensurate with emissions. “(Quoted from the official website of the Ministry of the Environment in Japan) In other words, it is a system that gives credits to the amount of invisible CO2 reduction is “carbon offset.” (See the figure below) How “carbon offset” works For example, to reduce the emissions from three factories and 100 trucks owned by Company A, it is common to first determine the kinds and amounts of emissions created and to then make efforts to reduce them based on those activities. However, this task cannot be covered by that one company alone. To offset some or all of these emissions that cannot be reduced, credits with others are calculated to create a “carbon offset”. The method may be applied […]