The startup the computer giant has partnered with, LayerX, was formed just a few months ago, in August, through a joint venture of the news-curation app Gunosy and advisory service AnyPay. According to the official information released by Microsoft, the main goal of the collaboration is to increase “uptake” of the technology in the country.

The aim of the partnership is to further promote development of the blockchain technology in Japan. With the help of Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution, the newly-formed coalition will continue “the transformation of people’s lives and working practices by promoting the implementation of blockchain technology in various industries,” as stated in the official press release.

The move comes as the most recent blockchain-related development in Japan, which is known to be one of the world’s most blockchain-friendly countries. Just earlier this month, University of Tokyo has announced the establishment of the blockchain courses, with the same exact goal – to prepare the society for a full adaptation of the blockchain technology, and to prepare professionals who are able to bring these solutions to life.