Category: Japan

Japan’s central bank begins digital currency experiments

The Bank of Japan announced Monday that it has begun Phase 1 of central bank digital currency (CBDC) experiments.  The first phase of experiments will focus on testing the basic functions of CBDC as a payment instrument, such as issuance, distribution, and redemption. Phase 1 will be carried out through March 2022. The Bank of Japan will […]

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Japan’s SBI opens its bitcoin mining pool for the public

SBI Crypto, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s SBI Holdings, has opened its bitcoin mining pool for the public. The move means institutions and individuals looking to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can join the SBI Crypto Pool service. SBI Crypto has been self-mining bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and bitcoin SV since August 2017. Its bitcoin mining […]

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Japanese Court Convicts Bitcoin Tax Evader- Trader Gets a Year in Prison Plus Fine for $200K

Japanese authorities aren’t hesitating in hunting down anyone considered a crypto tax evader. A court in Ishikawa has sentenced one of them, a 56-year-old man that will spend one year in prison, plus pay a $200,000 fine. Sentenced Man Didn’t Disclose His BTC Trading Activity of the Period 2017-2018 According to Chunichi, a judge at […]

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SEC Requests Personal Financial Information on Ripple Executives, They Object

More developments on the Ripple vs. the SEC legal front as the Commission has requested personal financial information of the company’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, and co-founder Christian Larsen. Simultaneously, the Japanese financial giant SBI Group has doubled-down on its support for Ripple by offering to pay its shareholders dividends in XRP. The SEC Seeks Personal […]

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Ripple’s Asia Pacific Business Flourishing Despite SEC Lawsuit, Says CEO

Ripple chief executive officer Brad Garlinghouse said Friday that the company’s business in the Asia-Pacific region has not suffered from the ongoing regulatory issues in the U.S. Ripple’s Business in Asia and Japan Sees Growth Ripple is facing a $1.3 billion lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In December, the SEC charged […]

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Report: Asia’s Cryptocurrency Landscape the Most Active, Most Populous Region ‘Has an Outsize Role’

Recently, Messari Crypto Researcher, Mira Christanto published a report that looks into Asia’s cryptocurrency landscape in-depth, as 60% of the world’s population resides in the region. Christanto’s study shows that six out of the top ten largest cryptocurrency unicorns are located in Asia. Moreover, 98% of ethereum-based futures and 94% of bitcoin futures volumes stem […]

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Japanese Authorities Say the Majority of People Involved in Coincheck’s 2018 Hack Are Individuals With ‘High Social Status’

More details keep appearing from the police investigation into the 2018 Coincheck hack that stole $530 million from the crypto exchange. Japanese authorities revealed that most of the individuals involved have a “high social status.” One of the Individuals Took Part in a NEM Swap Deal Is Worth $64 Million According to a report published […]

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Thailand Authorities Are Targeting Japanese Crypto Holders to Boost Tourism

Thailand seems to be interested in catching Japanese crypto holders’ attention via tourism. The country wants to establish a crypto-friendly touristic hotspot and the first targeted country is the nation of the rising sun. Program Aims to Add New Segments With ‘High Spending’ Per Bangkok Post, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) seeks to put […]

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