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…

Japan’s Internet Giant GMO Launches New Upgraded 7nm Bitcoin Miner

Japan’s Internet Giant GMO Launches New Upgraded 7nm Bitcoin Miner

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Japanese internet giant GMO has launched a new, upgraded model of its bitcoin miner equipped with 7nm ASIC mining chips. The previous model was sold out. The new model can achieve a higher hash rate and has a “hash power optimization function.” It is for sale at the same price as the previous model. Also…

Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents

Huobi Exchange Suspends Services for Japanese Residents

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Crypto exchange Huobi notified its Japanese customers via e-mail on Wednesday that it will be closing accounts of users who are residents of Japan. According to Huobi, their decision came up as a result of compliance issues with the Japanese law. Also read: Huobi Creates Its Own Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) No Japanese Traders on Huobi…

Mt Gox Ordered to Repay Victims of 850,000 Bitcoin Hack

Mt Gox Ordered to Repay Victims of 850,000 Bitcoin Hack

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The Tokyo District Court has ordered Mt Gox to begin compensating victims of its infamous 2014 hack, effectively stalling the exchange’s pending bankruptcy. Posted on the Mt Gox website June 22, the ruling may bring closure to a November 2017 petition requesting compensation — filed by creditors of the now-defunct Mt Gox exchange. Crucially, victims…

Bitcoin, Ethereum Slide Back in to Red as Market Reacts to Japanese Regulation, South Korean Tax Confusion

Bitcoin, Ethereum Slide Back in to Red as Market Reacts to Japanese Regulation, South Korean Tax Confusion

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The cryptocurrency market has swung violently back into the red due to a series of regulatory movements from Asia, spooking skittish market participants. Bitcoin and Ethereum plummeted by almost 10% as Japanese regulators crack down on exchange action. Crypto markets are bleeding red subsequent to a Japanese financial watchdog move that saw business improvement orders…

Led by Japan, Major Economies Set to Introduce Unified Cryptocurrency Regulations

Led by Japan, Major Economies Set to Introduce Unified Cryptocurrency Regulations

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International financial authority Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is expected to collaborate with Japan, the second largest cryptocurrency market behind the US, to introduce unified cryptocurrency regulations in the upcoming months. Japan Concerned With Anonymous Cryptocurrencies Last month, the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) encouraged leading economies in the G20 to adopt unified policies regarding…

More Japanese Public Companies Entering the Crypto Space

More Japanese Public Companies Entering the Crypto Space

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Following reports of six publicly listed companies launching their own cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan, three other firms listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange have announced plans to enter the space with various crypto offerings. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Publicly traded companies in Japan are increasingly seeking to enter the crypto…