A financial data provider and bitcoin exchange operator in Japan is testing a digital bond denominated in the cryptocurrency.
Daimler AG's blockchain-based "Schuldschein" bond signals the first step in a much larger plan to explore the technology.
Kenya, a country with rickety infrastructure and a reliance on agriculture, could be poised to kickstart mainstream use of blockchain technology.
The World Bank has revealed plans to explore how blockchain could help boost Kenya's financial prospects.
A major bank in Australia is testing blockchain for the exchange of government bonds.