Japan Unveils Plans to Regulate Initial Coin Offerings

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Japan’s Financial Services Agency has held several meetings to discuss how to best regulate initial coin offerings. In addition to registration requirements, the regulator reportedly plans to amend two existing laws that can be applied to token sales. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Registrations and Law Changes The…

Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange to Relaunch as Part of Huobi After Buyout

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A regulated Japanese cryptocurrency exchange is shutting down to relaunch as part of the Huobi family. The new exchange will support six cryptocurrencies and 11 trading pairs. Existing Bittrade customers need to open new accounts, complete KYC verification, and transfer their assets to the new platform. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls…

Japanese Regulator: Stablecoins Are Not Cryptocurrencies Under Current Law

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Japan’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency, has exclusively explained to news.Bitcoin.com how stablecoins are treated under current Japanese law. In addition to emphasizing that they are not virtual currencies, the regulator clarified the registration requirements for their issuers and dealers. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Not Virtual Currencies Japan’s…

Singapore Hosts New Fiat-Crypto Exchange, Welcomes Crypto Bank Accounts

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It has been a busy week for Singapore as it relates to cryptocurrency. The city-state is set open the first fiat-crypto exchange in Southeast Asia, while the financial regulator has vowed to help crypto companies set up local bank accounts, according to media reports.  Also read: Salt to Offer Crypto-Backed Loans in 7 Global Markets,…

XRP Olympic Petition Tops 10K Signatures, Raises Goal to 15K

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Last week, CryptoSlate reported on Japan resident Ken Takahashi’s Change.org petition to make Ripple’s XRP the official cryptocurrency of the 2020 Olympic games. At the time the petition had reached over 5K signatures toward a goal of 7,500. It now stands at nearly 12K signatures and has raised the end goal to 15K. Bypassing the…

Tax Evasion Spotlighted as Swiss Banks Start Sharing Client Data

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Switzerland has started sharing financial account information with tax authorities in dozens of countries as a way of fighting tax evasion, but Africa, which loses about $60 billion in illicit flows each year, mostly into European banks, is conspicuous by its absence from the deal. Swiss bank accounts have long been stereotyped as enablers of…

LG U+ Will Bring Blockchain-Based Payment Services to Overseas Customers

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South Korean telecom company LG U+ revealed Sunday that it will be rolling out a new blockchain-based, cross-carrier payment system (CCPS) via partnerships with mobile carriers in Taiwan and Japan, according to The Korea Times. The new system will allow LG U+ customers to buy products using their mobile phones at certain retailers in Taiwan…

Japanese Police Adopt Cybersecurity Software to Trace Bitcoin Transactions

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After several instances of cryptocurrency-based crime and a stark increase in the use of cryptocurrencies as a money-laundering tool, Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) revealed it would launch a crypto-tracking software to trace digital currency transactions in the country. Japan’s Push for Cryptocurrency Legitimacy According to the country’s public broadcasting organization NHK, the special software…

Messaging Giant LINE Is Launching Its Own Cryptocurrency

Messaging Giant LINE Is Launching Its Own Cryptocurrency

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Japanese messaging giant LINE has become one of the first public companies to have launched a proprietary blockchain network with its own token.

Japan Labor Ministry Confused as Crypto Salaries Demand Increased

Japan Labor Ministry Confused as Crypto Salaries Demand Increased

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Japan’s Labor Ministry is not hiding its confusion as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and venture companies requested a deregulation of the Labor Standard Act. Japan has respected the “salaries in cash” principle for 70 years under the Labor Standard Act, however with the proliferation of digital money and salaries paid in cryptocurrencies, withdrawing money from…