Japan’s Biggest Bank Will Use Ripple for Cross-Border Payments to Brazil

Japan’s biggest bank MUFG and Brazil’s Banco Bradesco are to collaborate on a new cross-border payment service based on Ripple technology. Memorandum of Understanding The two banks signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to co-develop the system. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is Japan’s largest banking group and recently announced it would launch its own […]

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Japan’s Financial Regulator Says Stablecoins Are Not Cryptocurrencies

The lack of uniformity in stablecoins has led Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) to conclude that stablecoins are not cryptocurrency. Not All Digital Assets Are Created Equal Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) recently announced that it does not believe stablecoins should be classified in the same category as cryptocurrencies. According to Japan’s Payment Services Act […]

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In Japan, Exchange Operators Shore up Investor Protections After Thefts

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association says it will tighten investor protection stipulations after a wave of hacks on digital currency exchanges. Citing informed sources, the Japan Times reported the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) has agreed to revise certain self-imposed rules to keep investors safe in the wake of hacks. The JVCEA is […]

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The Zaif Hack Story Isn’t Over Yet: Further Investigations Lead to More Questions

The hack of Japan-licensed cryptocurrency exchange Zaif took the crypto community by surprise last week. It’s recently emerged that the perpetrators of the crime are trading the stolen wealth on Binance and other exchanges. Japan’s Financial Watchdog Slams Three Business Improvement Orders The event couldn’t pass unnoticed, especially because the exchange had reportedly warned about […]

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Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Buys a Bitcoin Exchange

Japanese retail conglomerate, Rakuten, has announced the purchase of Everybody’s Bitcoin Inc., an unlicensed cryptocurrency exchange platform in the country. The acquisition follows a history of past forays into the emerging industry by the e-commerce behemoth. More Rakuten Customers Asking for Bitcoin Exchange Service According to a press release issued on Rakuten’s website on Friday […]

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Japan’s Internet Giant GMO Abandons Bitcoin Cash Mining

Japanese internet giant GMO has switched its entire mining capacity from Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to Bitcoin (BTC) as of July 2018. GMO Mines 568 Bitcoin Blocks In July A copy of the company’s monthly mining report uploaded to social media by cryptocurrency business investor Trace Meyer confirms that in July, GMO mined 568 Bitcoin blocks […]

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Could Cryptocurrency And Blockchain Jump-Start Japan’s Next Economic Boom?

Japan’s GDP has slowed and stagnated over the past 20 years, but some think that it is on the verge of a technology fuelled “boom” — with strong feelings that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies could spark the nation’s stalled economy.  ‘The Lost Decade’ In the 1970’s and throughout most of the 1980’s, Japan’s GDP exploded […]

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International Watchdog to Introduce Binding Regulations for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Georgi Georgiev · June 14, 2018 · 1:00 am The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a multi-national agency tasked with combating global financial criminal activity, will discuss developing and introducing legally binding rules for governing cryptocurrency exchanges later this month. Reuters reports that the Paris-based agency – comprised of 37 countries – will meet […]

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HitBTC Plans To Allow Japanese Trading Via ‘Subsidiary’ By Q3 2018

Wilma Woo · June 4, 2018 · 5:00 pm Cryptocurrency exchange HitBTC is pushing ahead with plans to establish a Japanese subsidiary after banning accounts allegedly linked with the country. Japanese Traders Shut Out For ‘Compliance’ HitBTC announced yesterday via the company’s official blog that it was already “actively hiring for the local office” with […]

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Monex Owned Coincheck Confirms Delisting of Privacy Coins

Nick Chong · May 20, 2018 · 10:00 pm CoinCheck has plans to remove 3 privacy coins – Monero, Dash, and Zcash – from their platform along with an ERC-20 token which elicits gambling on a non-regulated platform. Cryptocurrency Privacy: Is It Under Attack? Coincheck has just announced that they will be ceasing the trading […]

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