Astar Network, a Layer 1 smart contract platform, collaborates with Polygon Labs, an Ethereum scaling developer supporting Ethereum, Polkadot, and Cosmos. Together, they plan to introduce Astar zkEVM as their Layer 2 solution.
The Japanese blockchain project has recently announced its plan to develop Astar zkEVM. To achieve this objective, they will utilize the Polygon CDK (Chain Development Kit).
Furthermore, The Polygon CDK is open-source for Layer 2 chains with Ethereum zero-knowledge. An official statement released by the project elaborates on this strategic decision.
According to Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal, Asia emerges as a progressive hub for Web3 adoption. The region values transparency and trustless blockchain technology applications. This belief underscores the growing demand in Japan for these transformative features.
Moreover, Astar Network’s founder, Sota Watanabe, started a collaboration with Polygon Labs to aid enterprise blockchain initiatives. This partnership aims to strengthen Japan’s position as a hub for the web3 movement.
However, Astar is not the first third-party zkEVM platform powered by Polygon. Polygon Labs was key in creating zkEVM chains for Immutable, IDEX, and Palm Network.
CDK-enabled Layer 2 blockchains can link via a ZK bridge for interoperability, per Polygon Labs’ recent software release. The zkEVM offers a scalability solution aligned with Ethereum.
Moreover, This compatibility allows developers to seamlessly integrate their existing tools and infrastructure seamlessly, making app development easier.
Additionally, ZK-rollups, Layer 2, off-chain computations, and faster, cost-effective transactions. Astar boosts Ethereum security, targets high-throughput, and attracts global entertainment/gaming to increase blockchain adoption in Japan.
Japan’s Web3 Advancements & Astar’s Strategic Initiatives
Furthermore, Japan stands out as one of the jurisdictions that embrace cryptocurrency. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expresses his belief in the transformative power of Web3 and its potential to drive social change. He shared these views during the WebX conference held in July.
Astar, supported by Coinbase Ventures and Binance Labs, believes in the significance of this initiative. They have proposed the establishment of national strategic zones. These zones aim to enhance the international competitiveness of projects involved in Web3 adoption and real-world applications.
Watanabe stated that the aim was to drive increased adoption of zkEVM within enterprises. Furthermore, they expressed a commitment to collaborate with the Japanese government to strengthen web3 as a national strategy.
Astar and the Japanese electronics giant Sony previously collaborated on a web3 incubation program. The program concluded in June, with Astar selecting 19 projects out of over 200 applications for launch. Polygon Labs introduced its zkEVM in March to enhance scalability on the Ethereum network.
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This technique has garnered significant attention from blockchain projects like Starknet, ZkSync, and Scroll. These projects are actively competing to develop a native ZK-based Layer 2 solution that can support Ethereum apps effectively.