Category: Japan

Regulatory Roundup: Bitcoin Futures Fund Approved, India’s RBI-Backed Digital Currency

Regulatory Roundup: Bitcoin Futures Fund Approved, India's RBI-Backed Digital CurrencyIn this regulatory roundup, we cover the U.S. SEC approving a bitcoin futures fund, the new IRS tax form targeting crypto owners, and several more steps taken by the U.S. government toward crypto regulation. We also cover India’s central bank digital currency plan, South Korea’s crypto taxation plan, and the European Commission’s announcement regarding stablecoins. […]

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The Xi Effect – Chinese Government to Fund Blockchain Projects

The Xi Effect – Chinese Government to Fund Blockchain ProjectsChinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement that the country would invest heavily in blockchain technology – coupled with a sweeping move to remove online posts suggesting such technology is a scam – has nourished optimism long-held by crypto advocates. Of course, the reality is that China’s marked shift towards pro-blockchain policies is part of a much […]

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Slovenia Has the Most BCH-Accepting Physical Locations Worldwide

Slovenia Has the Most BCH-Accepting Physical Locations WorldwideBitcoin Cash (BCH) merchant adoption continues to grow, but in certain regions worldwide like Australia, Japan, and New Hampshire, BCH acceptance is swelling. As each area pursues BCH adoption in a variety of unique ways, the Republic of Slovenia has seen massive retail approval as the payment processor Eligma has relentlessly spread crypto awareness throughout […]

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Bitcoin Cash Acceptance Grows in Southeast Asia via Alchemy’s PoS System

Bitcoin Cash Acceptance Grows in Southeast Asia Via Alchemy's PoS SystemThe payments and technology provider Alchemy recently announced the launch of the startup’s hybrid payment solution, a platform that aims to connect cryptocurrency with retailers worldwide. Alchemy’s crypto solution features integration with Qfpay, a well known third-party payment company that provides payment services for more than 1.2 million affiliated merchants. So far the starting point […]

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Crypto Outpaces Political Donation Laws in Japan

Crypto Outpaces Political Donation Laws in JapanA major Japanese news publication has reported that crypto donations to individual politicians are legal and do not need to be reported publicly as donations. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications verified that even though it is illegal to donate cash or securities directly to a politician or political campaign, crypto donations still fly […]

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How G20 Central Bank Digital Currencies Are Progressing

How G20 Central Bank Digital Currencies Are ProgressingCentral bank digital currency has become a hot topic among finance ministers and central bankers worldwide, with some G20 countries ahead of the rest on work done toward issuing their own digital currencies. Experts have weighed in on their expectations of when the first G20 digital currency will be introduced. Also read: Central Banks Worldwide […]

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Bank of Japan Eyes Lower Rates for Halloween as Negative Global Trend Continues

Bank of Japan Eyes Lower Rates for Halloween as Negative Global Trend ContinuesIn a recent rate review meeting of the Bank of Japan (BoJ), bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda and others on the nine-member board urged leaving all options on the table, where further cuts to the country’s negative interest rate are concerned. The talk of further stimulus reflects an ever-growing trend in the world economy to slash […]

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Monex Offers Crypto Rewards to Shareholders Furthering Japanese Adoption

Monex Offers Crypto Rewards to Shareholders Furthering Japanese AdoptionOwner of popular Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck, Monex Group, has now announced it will reward shareholders in the company with crypto. Shareholders are to receive a BTC dividend provided they have a Coincheck account. With Japan viewed as one of the top crypto adoption hotspots globally, and the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) proclaiming a […]

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Taxation Isn’t Just Theft – It’s Bad for Crypto Adoption

Taxation Is Not Only Theft, It’s Also Bad for Crypto AdoptionCrypto awareness is reaching levels almost unimaginable just years ago, with telecommunications giants, big banks, mainstream media, and even professional sports teams now discussing and flouting digital assets. AT&T now allows customers to pay their phone bills in bitcoin, Japanese SMS giant Line is adding an FSA-approved crypto exchange to its hugely popular chat app, […]

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Indian Parliament Member Helping Crypto Community Influence Regulation

Indian Parliament Member Helping Crypto Community Influence RegulationThe Indian crypto community has made progress towards influencing the government’s crypto policies. Some industry leaders have met with an influential lawmaker who has agreed to help bring about positive crypto regulation in the country. Also read: India’s Popular ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Show Gives Crypto a Boost Parliament Member Agrees to Help […]

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FATF-Driven Delistings Capture the Criminalization of Privacy

FATF-Driven Delistings Capture the Criminalization of PrivacyThe delisting of privacy coins like monero, zcash, and dash is becoming something of a trend in Asia, and could soon expand elsewhere. In the wake of the intra-governmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issuing new global standards, Korean exchanges Okex and Upbit have announced they will delist and put warnings on several privacy coins […]

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At Least 19 Central Banks Give Way to Monetary Easing As Economy Slows

More Than 18 Central Banks Give Way to Monetary Easing As Economy SlowsIn a coordinated fashion, more than 18 central banks worldwide have or plan to cut interest rates, sparking a domino effect of monetary easing. It’s been 10 years since the world has seen central planners orchestrate such harmonization in an attempt to save the economy from a deep recession. Also Read: Money and Democracy: Why […]

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum: Why Trump’s Proposed Negative Rates Bode Well for Bitcoin

Nature Abhors a Vacuum - Why Trump's Proposed Negative Rates Bode Well for BitcoinIn a recent tweet, U.S. president Donald Trump delved into an explosive, all-caps-loaded mini-rant about the necessity of getting “interest rates down to ZERO, or less.” The bombastic politician stressed the need for America to refinance its debt, trailing off with some superficially conservative speak about the U.S. and its “great currency, power, and balance […]

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Crypto Salaries Gain Regulatory Recognition Around the World

Crypto Salaries Gain Regulatory Recognition Around the WorldSalaries paid in decentralized digital coins have become a norm across the crypto industry, but there’s really no reason why cryptocurrencies can’t be used for remuneration by businesses in other sectors as well. In many jurisdictions that should be legal even in the absence of dedicated legislation. Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan and Estonia are a […]

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The Push to Kill Cash – Australia’s Proposed Ban Shows It’s Not Conspiracy Theory

The Push to Kill Paper Money - Australia's Proposed Ban Shows It's Not 'Conspiracy Theory'The supposed coordination of governments and tech companies to create a one-world, cashless society is often viewed as little more than fodder for silly Youtube conspiracy videos. After all, cash is still king in daily life, even in extremely high-tech, innovative societies like Japan. Upon closer examination, though, current realities like Australia’s proposed cash transaction […]

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‘Amazon of Japan’ Rakuten Launches Crypto Exchange Service

'Amazon of Japan' Rakuten Launches Crypto Exchange Service, Others Following SuitRakuten, the “Amazon of Japan,” announced the launch of its new crypto exchange platform Monday, August 19, offering spot trading of crypto assets via a dedicated smartphone app. The e-commerce giant has been crypto-friendly for a while now, experimenting and investing in crypto payment systems since at least 2014, but with the launch of the […]

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Owning Fiat Just Got More Expensive – NIRP Strikes Again

Owning Fiat Just Got More Expensive - NIRP Strikes AgainWith the recent Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) announcement that even more customers will be charged to hold money in their banks, people are scrambling to find ways to preserve their wealth, while USB and others scramble to dam the losses resulting from national negative interest rate policy (NIRP). The relatively recent experiments with NIRP […]

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PR: Bitkan and Bitcoin.com Announce Strategic Partnership

PR: Bitkan and Bitcoin.com Announce Strategic PartnershipBitKan and Bitcoin.com have officially signed a Strategic Collaboration agreement together. Both parties will leverage on each other’s global resources to achieve a mutually beneficial win-win relationship.

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SEC Commissioner: US Could Draw Crypto Policy From These Countries

SEC Commissioner: US Could Draw Crypto Policy From These CountriesThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could learn from other countries when finalizing its own crypto regulation, Commissioner Hester Peirce explains. While highlighting peculiar and notable features of the U.S. system, the commissioner emphasizes cross-border considerations, detailing applicable crypto frameworks of several countries. Also read: G20 Leaders Issue Declaration on Crypto Assets – A […]

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Crypto Social Media is Breaking Free: How 10+ Blockchain Platforms Pay You to Post

Crypto Social Media is Breaking Free: How 10+ Blockchain Platforms Pay You to PostSocial media has become so embedded in most people’s everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine life — or even a span of a few hours — without it. While the social media revolution is huge, there’s another revolution within that revolution, driven by users into cryptocurrency, privacy, and immutability: incentivized, blockchain-based social media. Also […]

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Bitcoin Cash Adoption Continues to Spread in North Queensland and Japan

Bitcoin Cash Adoption Continues to Spread in North Queensland and JapanBCH merchant acceptance has continued to grow month after month but there are a few regions in the world where bitcoin cash retail acceptance is thriving. Over the last few weeks, North Queensland and Japan have shown significant growth and continue to dominate as some of the densest territories of BCH merchant adoption worldwide. Also […]

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G7 Agrees on Crypto Action Plan Spurred by Facebook’s Libra

G7 Agrees on Crypto Action Plan Spurred by Facebook's LibraG7 finance chiefs met this week and Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency was high on their agenda. They agreed on several crypto initiatives and fast regulatory responses to projects such as Libra, calling for them to meet the highest standards of financial regulation. Also read: G20 Leaders Issue Declaration on Crypto Assets – A Look at Their […]

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Thailand Approves 4 New Cryptocurrency Service Providers

Thailand Approves 4 New Cryptocurrency Service ProvidersThe Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has approved four new crypto business operators to legally operate in the country. In addition to licensing a new crypto exchange, the government has officially approved the country’s first three digital token portals. Meanwhile, new rules, conditions, and procedures have been introduced for digital asset businesses. Also read: G20 […]

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