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bitFlyer is Now Offering US Residents a Zero-Fee Option to Buy Bitcoin (BTC) with US Dollar

US residents now have another zero-fee option to purchase Bitcoin (BTC) using the US dollar. On January 30, 2020, Tokyo-headquartered digital asset exchange bitFlyer introduced its commission-free service for the BTC/USD trading pair to its US-based clients. bitFlyer’s zero-fee feature is currently only being offered… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya Confirms Reserve Bank has No Immediate Plans to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency

The Bank of Japan (BoJ), the nation’s central bank, has been working on a virtual currency project for several years. The BoJ must be prepared to issue digital currencies if technical innovations in international settlement systems will increase consumer demand, the bank’s deputy governor noted… Read More

Giant Japanese Social Media Network Line, with 700 Million Users, Approved to Begin Trading Its Virtual Currency in Japan

LVC Corporation, a subsidiary of LINE Corporation and manager of LINE’s digital currency and blockchain-focused ventures, recently confirmed its plans to begin trading its virtual currency in Japan by April 2020. LINE is the company behind Japanese social media network Line, which notably has more… Read More

Japan’s SBI Holdings Invests $20 Million in OpenLegacy Technologies, Shareholders Get Option of Receiving XRP

Japan-headquartered SBI Holdings, a major financial services company, has reportedly invested $20 million in OpenLegacy Technologies, a US-based software development company that streamlines the API integration process of core banking systems. Citi, FIS and BNP Paribas-Cardif are notably among the major clients for OpenLegacy’s platform,… Read More

Indonesia E-Commerce Marketplace Tokopedia Set to Finalize $1.5 Billion Round from Softbank, Alibaba, Temasek

Tokopedia, an Indonesia-based e-commerce marketplace, is reportedly in the final stages of closing an investment round valued at around $1.5 billion from Japan’s Softbank, China’s Alibaba Group and Singapore-based Temasek. The Tokopedia marketplace, which is notably the largest of its kind in Indonesia, is now… Read More

Japanese Lawmakers from Ruling Liberal Democratic Party are Preparing a Proposal Recommending Issuing Digital Currency

A group of around 70 Japanese lawmakers from the nation’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party is reportedly preparing a proposal that recommends issuing a virtual currency. Norihiro Nakayama, a member of the party and parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, stated (on January 24): “China is moving… Read More

Crypto Trading Platform Binance “Phasing Out Services to Residents of Japan”

One of the world’s most famous cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance, will no longer be serving cryptocurrency speculators in Japan. Binance made the announcement on its Japanese language page. The announcement, according to an automated translation, reads: “Thank you for always patronizing Binance. Binance.com will be phasing… Read More

Report: Japan Will Further Constrict Leveraged Trading of Cryptocurrencies, Down to 2X of Balances

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) plans to further reduce allowable limits on leveraged cryptocurrency bets, down from 4X of customer deposits to 2X. Japan’s Cabinet voted to greatly reduce leveraged crypto trades on local platforms last April. At that time, permitted leveraged trades were reduced… Read More

Japanese Business to Business Payments Firm JCB Partners Blockchain Developer Keychain to Deploy DLT Payments Solutions

Japan-based JCB, an established business to business (B2B) payments company, is teaming up with the Singapore blockchain tech solution developer Keychain, in order to deploy DLT-based platforms in the country’s payments industry. According to a press release, Keychain is creating a new data security framework… Read More

WorldPay Announces Agreement with JCB to Allow Japanese Businesses to Accept Payments By JCB Cards

FIS (NYSE: FIS) announced on Thursday it has entered into an agreement with JCB, a global payment network. Through the agreement, FIS’ global e-commerce platform, WorldPay, will allow businesses that are operating in Japan to accept payments by JCB cards and will now provide an… Read More

Japan’s Coincheck Exchange Ending Leveraged Cryptocurrency Trading

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck, which sustained a $534 million USD hack last January, has decided to stop offering leveraged trades of cryptocurrencies on its platform. According to a company blog post: “Coincheck has decided to end the “leverage transaction” service on Friday, March 13, 2020…If… Read More

Western Union Announces Cross-Border Payments Launch in Japan

Western Union (NYSE: WU) announced last week it is launching its cross-border payment services in Japan. The company notably partnered with remittance company City Express to launch the service to enable global used-car customers to buy from BE FORWARD, which is one of Japan’s used-car… Read More

Sensely Joins Plug and Play Japan’s Insurtech Accelerator Program

Sensely, a U.S. startup that has created avatar and chatbot-based platforms to assist insurance plan members and patients with insurance services and healthcare resources, announced on Tuesday it has been selected for the next batch of Plug and Play’s Insurtech program in Japan. According to… Read More

Compliant Digital Securities Platform Securitize Acquires BUIDL, a Japanese Blockchain Consulting Firm

Securitize, a platform for the issuance and management of compliant, blockchain-based digital securities, has reportedly acquired a Japanese consulting and development firm focused on distributed ledger technology, called BUIDL, in order to further expand its operations in Japan. We just announced at the Global Brain… Read More

Cryptocurrency Exchange bitFlyer Debuts Instant Buy Feature in Europe to Make Digital Currency More Accessible

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Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer announced on Thursday the launch of Instant Buy on its Buy/Sell exchange platform in Europe. The exchange reported that the feature, which is available on desktop and smartphone, allows users to buy cryptocurrency directly from bitFlyer, using a credit card, debit… Read More

Digital Securities Platform iSTOX Raises $5 Million in Funding Led by Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings

iSTOX, a regulated capital markets platform that provides digital security issuance and trading, has raised $5 million in funding from Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings. According to a release from iSTOX, the funding also brings a valuable partnership that provides a gateway to accredited and institutional… Read More

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association Joins the International Digital Asset Exchange Association

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Digital Asset Exchange Association (IDAXA). This is the eighth national trade association in the sector to align with IDAXA. The goal is to provide a unified voice for… Read More

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Establishes a Security Token Research Consortium with Multiple Partners, Plans for Future of Digital Securities

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) (NYSE:MUFG) has established the Security Token Research Consortium (ST Research Consortium) to develop next-generation financial transaction services using blockchain technology. Japan has emerged as a robust market for the development of blockchain technology. MUFG  is one of the largest financial… Read More

Japanese Instant Credit Fintech Paidy Receives Investment from PayPal Ventures As Part of $143 Million Funding Round

Japan-based Paidy Inc., a Fintech firm that allows consumers to make online purchases quickly and securely without using a credit card or pre-registration, announced on October 31 that it received $143 million in additional funding. As noted in a release, Paidy’s funding consisted of a… Read More

Financial Giant Softbank Invests $655 Million into UK-based Supply Chain Firm Greensill

Tokyo-based Softbank, a multinational conglomerate holding company that provides fixed-line, mobile telephony, internet, telecommunications, and digital television products, is planning to invest $655 million into Greensill, a UK-headquartered supply chain finance company. Softbank has been a prominent investor in the Fintech sector having taken positions… Read More

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