[OpenID] Latest Development in Japan

Nat Sakimura sakimura at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 04:59:30 PDT 2008

I have been sooo busy that I did not produce any report on OpenID
developments in Japan since last I have done for mixi back in August.

There has been bunch of notable events since then.

2008-9-12 Livedoor Blog adopted "mixi OpenID" group authentication for their
blog service.
  It allows the blog article to be published to a limited group. The same is
true for commenting etc.
  Livedoor is one of the major blog provider in Japan (besides many other
things.) They are also acting as OP.

2008-9-29 NEC released an Authentication Platform Software "NC7000-3A-OI"
that supports OpenID.
  It is a federated identity system. It supports both SAML and OpenID.

2008-10-02 SourceForge.JP started to support OpenID
  Unlike sourceforge.net, it also supports XRI/i-names.

2008-10-06 BIGLOBE started offering OpenID
  One of the biggest ISP in Japan, NEC BIGLOBE started the service as an OP.

  It uses EV-SSL, and is https only OP.

2008-10-06 Rakuten, the biggest online merchant in Japan, started offering
OpenID based payment
  Rakuten, the biggest online merchant in Japan, started offering OpenID
based payment.
  By using this system, you will not required to give out your credit card
  (You are still required to input security code of the credit card,

2008-10-15 Internet.com Survay: 28% Japanese Internet User are aware of
  Accroding to the survay by internet.com and marsh research which was
  over 300 internet user (50% male, 50% female, 20% each of 20s, 30s, 40s,
50s, 60s),
  263 of them were using sites that requires authentication. Among them, 28%
of them
  knew about OpenID, and 15% were using OpenID.
  This is a big increase compared to a similar survay back in February where

  only 12% knew about OpenID and only 1.2% of them were using it.


Nat Sakimura (=nat)
OpenID Foundation Japan
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