Japanese politician and bitcoin supporter Mineyuki Fukuda has taken a novel approach to bitcoin research, launching an online crowdfunding campaign to conduct a research tour of bitcoin businesses in the US.
So far, Fukuda has raised 21% of his target ¥600,000 ($1,259) needed to fund the mission, which he is conducting independently. By taking the tour as a private citizen, he is not drawing any taxpayer funds.
Fukuda, a member of parliament with the governing Liberal Democratic Party, has been a pioneer for digital currency acceptance in Japanese politics. As head of the government’s IT Strategy Committee, he has frequently met with representatives from the bitcoin community at his office and even attended local meetups.