Astar Network Named ‘Product of the Year’ At the JBA Annual Blockchain Award

Astar Network, the smart contract platform for multichain, has been awarded the Product of the Year at the 4th annual Blockchain Award by the Japan Blockchain Association. This prestigious award recognizes the leading projects and individuals in the Japanese blockchain community.

In addition to winning Product of the Year, they also named Astar Network’s founder and CEO, Sota Watanabe, Person of the Year for the second consecutive year at the same event. This achievement shows Sota’s significant contributions to the Japanese Web3 community and his dedication to driving innovation through Astar Network.

“Sota Watanabe, the founder and CEO of Astar Network, said, “We are delighted to have been recognized by the Japanese Web3 community.” As Japan’s leading blockchain project, we remain committed to accelerating Web3 innovation through Astar. In 2023 and beyond, we will leverage our presence in Japan to unlock opportunities for entrepreneurs, developers, and users alike.”

The Japanese government has made Web3 a part of its national strategy. Sota Watanabe has been helping to lead the way. For example, Forbes 30 Under 30 for chose him for both Asia and Japan. Additionally, the country also recognized him as one of its top entrepeneurs. Sota also graces the cover of the latest edition of Forbes Japan magazine. Through his work with Astar Network, Sota Watanabe has helped make Astar the first public blockchain from Japan to be listed there. despite the country’s strict listing rules.

What is Astar Network?

Astar Network is the leading Layer-1 chain in Japan. As a parachain of Polkadot, it enables developers to build interoperable dApps. It supports both EVM and WASM smart contracts with cross-consensus messaging (XCM) and cross-virtual machine messaging (XVM). These features make Astar Network the go-to blockchain for developers and enterprises interested in exploring the Japanese Web3 space.

The Japanese government listed Astar Network’s native token, ASTR, as a cryptocurrency, not a security.  This demonstrates the government’s confidence in the project and its potential to drive innovation in the Web3 space.

Astar Network’s unique Build2Earn model enables paying developers through a dApp staking mechanism for the code they write and the dApps they build. This model has helped to create a vibrant ecosystem around Astar Network, which has become Polkadot’s leading Parachain. All major exchanges and tier 1 venture capital firms support.

In conclusion, Astar Network and Sota Watanabe have received well-deserved recognition from the Japanese Web3 community and the Japan Blockchain Association. Astar Network, as the leading blockchain project in Japan, will actively unlock opportunities for entrepreneurs, developers, and users as it continues to drive Web3 innovation in 2023 and beyond.

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