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Charting J-Coin: Japan’s Government Back Leap Into Digital Currency

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Charting J-Coin: Japan’s Government Back Leap Into Digital Currency

As digital currencies continue to experience soaring interest worldwide, growing numbers of banks and central governments are strategically positioning themselves to capitalize on its advantages. One recent example is in Japan, where Japanese banks announced plans to introduce a digital currency in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A consortium of banks, led by Mizuho Financial Group and Japan Post…

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Charting The ICO Regulatory Dance: Are Japan and Singapore Next?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Charting The ICO Regulatory Dance: Are Japan and Singapore Next?

News of China’s blanket ban on ICOs continues to reverberate through the global cryptocurrency community. On the heels of this groundbreaking development, financial oversight groups in Japan and Singapore are now looking to establish guidelines on how ICOs should be regulated, with the former also intensifying the oversight of bitcoin exchanges. China has discovered that banning ICO’s outright is a…

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Japan’s GMO Invests over $3 Million, Enters Bitcoin Mining Industry

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Mining, News

Japan’s GMO Invests over $3 Million, Enters Bitcoin Mining Industry

As bitcoin is turning into a mainstream currency, a lot of new players are trying to get in the mining industry. In 2017 alone, the cryptocurrency saw its biggest rise ever and with the meteoric rise along came new investors and new players eager to have their share of the Bitcoin pie. Tokyo-based GMO Internet Group announced on September 7…

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Blockchain “Smart Grid” to be Tested in Fukushima

Category: Blockchain, News

Blockchain “Smart Grid” to be Tested in Fukushima

Japanese energy company, Eneres, will demonstrate the potential for an energy-grid supported by blockchain technology. Blockchain Energy Grid Nikkei Asian Review reported on September 2 that Eneres energy company would be experimenting with blockchain technology as a means of distributing electricity. The demonstration is to be a part of a series of attempts by the Fukushima prefectural government to find…

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Japan’s Fisco Ltd. Issues First ‘Bitcoin Bond’

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News

Japan’s Fisco Ltd. Issues First ‘Bitcoin Bond’

In a first such deal in Japan, Fisco Ltd. has issued bonds denominated in bitcoins. The financial information provider designed the ‘bitcoin bond’ so it could meet regulatory requirements and the development of a vast array of bitcoin instruments is helping to galvanize its status as an asset class in its own right. After becoming a legally recognized payment method…

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TechBureau Launches ICO Platform, COMSA, Built on NEM Blockchain

Category: Altcoins, Finance, News

TechBureau Launches ICO Platform, COMSA, Built on NEM Blockchain

On August 3, TechBureau announced the release of COMSA, which is described as, ‘a complete Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraising platform built on the NEM protocol meant for the streamlining of cryptocurrency funding.’ The COMSA platform hopes to address uncertainties that go with Initial Coin Offerings by linking ICO funds to Zen, a digital form of the Japanese Yen to…

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Japan’s Government to Test Blockchain System Q1 2018

Category: Blockchain, News, Tech

Japan’s Government to Test Blockchain System Q1 2018

Japan’s government, on the frontier of digital currency adoption, has announced it will be implementing data storage technology borrowed from Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies “to update how individuals and companies interact electronically with government” with an objective of upgrading information security and simultaneously saving money on administrative costs. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will commence testing of a…

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Bitcoin Frenzy Spills Over into Small Japanese Stocks

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News

Bitcoin Frenzy Spills Over into Small Japanese Stocks

As trading volumes in Asia support bitcoin’s bullish run, which extends for a eighth consecutive week, some investors in Japan are using small-cap stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as a proxy for the digital currency. Bitcoin’s recent rally has been linked to a phenomenal rise in small stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, as Bloomberg reported June 5, where…

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Japanese ATM Manufacturer’s Bitcoin Integration Likely to Boost Adoption

Category: Bitcoin, News

Japanese ATM Manufacturer’s Bitcoin Integration Likely to Boost Adoption

Japan has seen a massive boost in the adoption of bitcoin almost immediately after the initial move toward a regulatory framework and exemption of taxes for cryptocurrency. The trading volume of bitcoin exchanges surged and most importantly, unlike many other regions, the Japanese bitcoin industry has been treating it as a digital currency or cash, rather than as digital gold…

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Local Japanese Government and Coincheck Exchange Join Forces To Accept Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, Entertainment, Finance, News

Local Japanese Government and Coincheck Exchange Join Forces To Accept Bitcoin

In Japan, the past and future meet with the adoption of bitcoin as a payment method to accept international donations for the restoration and maintenance of the ancient Hirosaki Castle. Also referred to as the Takaoka Castle, this National Historic Site is a hirayama-style Japanese castle built in 1611 by the Tsugaru clan and reconstructed in 1810. It is constructed…

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