Ripple, a global leader in enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with HashKey DX, a Tokyo-based consulting arm of HashKey Group, to bring XRP Ledger (XRPL)-powered solutions to the Japanese market.

The XRP Ledger (XRPL) is a decentralized cryptographic ledger powered by a network of peer-to-peer servers. It’s best known for its role in facilitating fast and energy-efficient financial transactions across the globe. The XRPL uses a consensus protocol that differs significantly from the proof-of-work system used by Bitcoin, making it faster and more environmentally friendly by design. Its primary currency is XRP, which is used to pay for transaction fees and also acts as a bridge currency for cross-border transfers, enhancing liquidity between different fiat currencies.

Beyond just handling money transfers, the ledger’s architecture also enables more complex operations. These include running decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, creating custom tokens, and setting up trading offers on a decentralized exchange. These functionalities make XRPL a versatile platform for various financial services and applications. Additionally, the XRPL maintains a high level of security and scalability, handling up to 1,500 transactions per second with the capability to scale further as needed.

Originally created by Ripple Labs, XRPL’s governance and operation are now overseen by a wide range of independent participants in the network, including universities, financial institutions, and individuals. This ensures that no single entity controls the network, aligning with the decentralized ethos of blockchain technology. The XRP Ledger aims to empower faster, cost-efficient, and more scalable financial transactions than traditional banking infrastructure and some other blockchain-based systems.

According to Ripple’s press release, this collaboration with HashKey DEX marks a significant step in Ripple’s expansion strategy, aiming to leverage the established success of HashKey Group’s blockchain initiatives in supply chain finance.

HashKey Group has made considerable strides with its blockchain-based supply chain finance solutions, initially launched in July 2019. These solutions have achieved broad adoption across mainland China, featuring a network of over 4,000 registered companies, including 23 banks and 4,300 suppliers. To date, the total trade volume within these solutions has surpassed 7 billion USD, with financing transactions nearing 3 billion USD.

The partnership intends to replicate this success in Japan by utilizing the robust framework of the XRPL. Ripple says this decentralized layer 1 blockchain has been recognized for its reliability over a decade, making it a prime choice for tokenizing and exchanging both crypto-native and real-world assets. HashKey DX, in collaboration with Ripple and SBI Ripple Asia—a joint venture between SBI Holdings and Ripple—will introduce these proven supply chain finance solutions to the Japanese market.

As part of this strategic move, companies within the SBI Group will be the first in Japan to implement this advanced supply chain finance solution. The collaboration doesn’t stop here; Ripple, HashKey DX, and SBI Ripple Asia plan to explore further opportunities to utilize the XRPL in various other enterprise blockchain applications. This exploration aims to leverage the blockchain’s capabilities extensively, enhancing various business operations across Japan.

Andy Dan from HashKey DX expressed his confidence in the partnership, citing the XRPL’s exceptional track record in enterprise solutions. He highlighted the ledger’s rapid settlement speeds, low operational costs, and scalability as key factors that will contribute to transforming business practices in Japan.

Emi Yoshikawa, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Ripple, shared the enthusiasm for this venture. She emphasized the partnership’s commitment to advancing blockchain technology and delivering practical, innovative solutions that provide real value to businesses across Japan.