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Japan’s financial watchdog could embrace exchange-traded funds that track the value of Bitcoin and similar digital asset classes, Bloomberg reported. The Financial Services Agency (FSA), according to an anonymous source, has been exploring Bitcoin ETFs on the sidelines of its disapproval of the Bitcoin futures and Ethereum derivatives. The agency has clarified that it will…
As Bitcoin and crypto prices continue to fall profitability from mining using certain types of hardware inevitably follows suit. Japan has a number of high profile corporations heavily invested in mining operations and it looks like they are about to pull the plug. Closure of Crypto Mining Hardware Production and Farms According to reports in…
Two of the most crypto friendly nations on the globe have been revisiting their regulatory frameworks this week. Japan has reclassified its terminology of cryptocurrencies while over in Hong Kong regulators want more oversight on exchanges and crypto companies. FSA to Change Moniker for Crypto Japan’s Financial Services Agency has made moves to label Bitcoin…
Although crypto startups have been capitulating en-masse due to financial restraints, a direct byproduct of Bitcoin’s rapid drawdown in value, reports indicate that a promising stablecoin venture has folded due to regulatory qualms. $133M Crypto Project Folds Due To “Regulatory Headwinds” In recent months, stablecoins, cryptocurrencies tied to an asset deemed “stable” (ex. U.S. dollar,…
The National Police Agency (NPA) of Japan has estimated that there were around 6,000 cases of suspected money laundering relating to crypto in the nation in the first three quarters of 2018. This figure is more than eight times that of the final nine months of the previous year. Japan’s Crypto Exchange Required to Report…
Japan’s crypto friendly status has been achieved through a solid regulatory framework which protect investors without stifling trading or innovation. This has been strengthened this week when its financial watchdog announced plans for further ICO regulation. ICO Regulation for Investor Protection Earlier this week Japan announced that it was ready to launch ICO regulations to…
As global regulators rush to institute legal frameworks aimed at reducing the amount of fraud and scams that exist within the cryptocurrency industry, a recent series of arrests in Tokyo highlight just how important regulations can be. Earlier today, police in Tokyo arrested eight individuals in connection to an alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme that collected…
Reports suggest that Hong Kong’s securities watchdog has come up with new plans to regulate cryptocurrency funds and exchanges. While it is known for being crypto-friendly, Hong Kong is still not satisfied with the amount of protection that its crypto users currently enjoy. As a result of this, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced plans…
Coincheck, the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange victim of a $500 million worth theft, has resumed new account openings, customer deposits, and purchasing of some digital currencies. The operator had suspended some services following the late January incident in order to protect customers’ assets and investigate the cause of hacking. Coincheck Exchange Resumes Trading of BTC, ETC,…
A research and development division at Sony has unveiled a new contactless cryptocurrency hardware wallet for cold storage, which could indicate the consumer electronics giant may be eyeing a bigger move into the cryptocurrency space. Sony Computer Science Lab Preparing Contactless Crypto Wallet The research and development arm of Japan-based Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Science…