Japan's Largest Gift Card Exchange Expanding Internationally With Blockchain Firm

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Japan's largest gift card exchange plans to use blockchain to spur its next phase of growth.

Amaten, a secondary marketplace for gift cards, announced a partnership with the Singapore-based cloud computing startup Aelf, according to a statement published August 20.

The exchange plans to scale its operations internationally using Aelf's enterprise-oriented blockchain platform.

Founded in 2012, Amaten has grown to capture 40 percent of Japan's gift card exchange volume and takes in approximately $110 million in revenue annually.

On a global scale, the gift card industry has ballooned into a $340 billion market.

By converting gift cards to digital assets managed by Aelf's platform, the firm looks to "Revolutionize the way gift cards are issued, purchased and exchanged."

"The current system and technology used for gift card[s] is completely obsolete and dates all the way back to the mid 90s," said Amaten chairman Tom Kanazawa.

"It still suffers from basic fundamental shortcomings and is very inconvenient. I believe that the gift card industry can be a perfect use case for blockchain."

Aelf's blockchain will provide an immutable record of a gift card's issuance and any exchanges of ownership, thereby increasing the transparency of Amaten's platform.

The firm also suggests that blockchain may reduce the amount of gift cards that go unspent.