FIDO Alliance lauds first-year progress of Japan Working Group

January 15, 2018 - 

The FIDO Alliance has announced that membership in its FIDO Japan Working Group (FJWG) has doubled in the first year to 25 companies, indicating what the Alliance calls “a year of great progress for FIDO Authentication in Japan” in 2017.

New members to the FJWG include mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI, which joins the country’s other two MNOs in the organization, along with JCB, Japan’s only international payment brand.

Deployments of FIDO authentication by major organizations in Japan accelerated over the past year, according to the announcement. Fujitsu launched its “Finplex Online Authentication Service for FIDO,” which was adopted by Mizuho Bank’s mobile application, NEC Corporation launched a facial recognition system for mobile FIDO authentication which the Bank of Okinawa is starting to utilize, and Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) launched a FIDO-based identity proofing service which is in active Proof of Concept with Japan Net Bank, Ltd.

The FIDO Alliance announced Sony Xperia smartphones as the first certified implementation of FIDO UAF 1.1, with MNO NTT DOCOMO supporting the protocol through a partnership with Nok Nok Labs.

The various rollouts combined to deliver FIDO authentication to millions of online users in Japan, according to the announcement.

As previously reported, the FIDO Alliance also formed working groups in Korea and Europe in 2017.

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