Japanese Insurer Sompo To Trial Blockchain Technology for Derivative Products

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Sompo Japan  has announced that, in collaboration with Soramitsu Co.  it has begun trialling the use of Blockchain technology for derivative products  in September 2016.

Japan suffers many natural disasters, including earthquakes, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions, and in readiness for such risks there is a rapidly growing need for products such as climate derivatives.

Similar products are also sold overseas in emerging countries, which face natural disaster risks such as drought, especially in the agricultural sector. In response to the needs of this fast-growing domestic and international market, Sompo Holdings has teamed up with Soramitsu to start developing systems (currently in a beta version for user trials) that utilize Blockchain technology to provide customers with highly convenient derivative products and efficient services.

The Derivative System Using Blockchain Technology that Sompo Holdings and Soramitsu have begun jointly developing aims to create a service that simultaneously shares data such as contract details on the Blockchain to accurately and swiftly carry out every step in the insurance process, from managing risk aggregation for derivative products to determining whether or not to pay out on claims and implementing procedures to pay compensation.

Since use of Blockchain technology has the potential to enable provision of highly secure financial services and improve service efficiency while controlling system investment costs, Sompo Holdings and Soramitsu will also examine broader application of the technology to new insurance products. 3. Future Product Development Sompo Holdings will devise and develop products and services that use the latest digital technologies, including Blockchain technology, to contribute to the safety, security, and health of their customers.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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