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Indian Microlending Firm SATYA MicroCapital Ltd Secures Over $13 Million in Equity Funding from Tokyo’s Gojo & Co.

SATYA MicroCapital Ltd, a fast-growing micro-lending firm based in India, has secured INR 105 crore (appr. $13.85 million) in equity funding from Gojo & Company, Inc. This is reportedly one of the first investments in the nation’s microfinance sector after the COVID-19 outbreak, and government-enforced… Read More

AI Firm Konduit Spins Off from Skymind Global Ventures

Skymind Global Ventures (SGV), the venture arm of Skymind, has announced its first spin-off – Konduit.  According to the company, Konduit offers a portfolio of open source tools that support machine learning practitioners. The company’s goal is to bridge the gap between research and enterprise… Read More

San Francisco based Fintech Fundbox, a B2B Payment and Credit Network Provider, Receives Investment from Japan’s MUFG

Fundbox, a Fintech firm focused on “disrupting” the global $21 trillion B2B commerce ecosystem with its payment and credit network for B2B transactions, confirmed on May 26, 2020, that it received a fresh equity investment from MUFG Innovation Partners Co., Ltd., the corporate VC division… Read More

Japan’s Largest Credit Card Issuer, JCB, Partners Tokyo’s TECHFUND to Develop Blockchain-based Transaction System

JCB, which is Japan’s largest credit card issuer, has teamed up with Tokyo-based TECHFUND, a leading technology accelerator, in order to develop a sustainable blockchain-powered transaction system. As noted in a May 15 announcement, the partnership will involve leveraging TECHFUND’s expertise on cryptocurrency staking and… Read More

Blockchain-based Security Tokens to be Considered Similar to Highly Liquid Securities, like Stocks, by Japan’s Regulators, Fintech Executive Explains

Norbert Gehrke, founder and representative director at Tokyo Fintech, an initiative that supports community-led innovation in Japan’s financial services sector, notes that the country’s economy and business transactions are still “highly paper-based.” Gehrke has worked as managing director at Goldman Sachs’ Technology Division and Barclays… Read More

Fintech Ripple’s Partner, SBI Holdings, to Integrate MoneyTap Settlements Platform to Process Transactions via ATMs in Japan

Ripple company partner and investor, SBI Holdings, is planning to integrate the Fintech firm’s technology, in order to process transactions via ATMs throughout Japan. SBI’s management noted in its recent financial report that it will integrate the Ripple technology-based settlements solution, MoneyTap, with ATMs operated… Read More

Japan to Ease Investment Rules to Make it Easier for Banks to Invest in Fintech Firms

Japan is reportedly planning to ease its investment rules and requirements, in order to make it more convenient for banks to invest in Fintech companies. The country is hoping that more relaxed investment guidelines will promote the local lending industry. The lenient policies should help… Read More

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Recognizes the Nation’s Virtual Currency Exchange and Japan STO as Self-Regulatory Bodies

Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has certified two organizations as Certified Financial Instruments and Exchange Associations. As confirmed in an announcement made on April 30, 2020, the FSA has officially recognized the Japan STO (security token offering) Association and the Japan Virtual… Read More

Digital Banking: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan’s Second-Largest Bank, Partners SBI Holdings to Offer Mobile-based Banking Services

The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), which is Japan’s second-largest financial institution by market cap, will reportedly sign an agreement with SBI Holdings, a Tokyo-based financial services company group, in order to provide digital banking services via mobile devices. As reported by Nikkei on April… Read More

Japan Security Token Offering Association Publishes Self-Regulatory Guidelines for Managing Clients’ Cryptoassets

  The Japan Security Token Offering Association (JSTOA) recently published self-regulatory guidelines which cover how to separately manage client assets and digital record transfer rights and obligations. The guidelines may now be accessed through JSTOA’s official website. The security token management association said that the… Read More

Digital Asset Custodian Curv Partners Crypto Garage to Offer Guaranteed Settlement for Cryptocurrency Transactions

Curv, a company that provides crypto asset custody services to institutional investors, has established a business office in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) area. The office has been set up through a partnership with Crypto Garage, a firm that offers various financial instruments based on Bitcoin (BTC)… Read More

Digital IDs: Tokyo-based Mizuho Bank to Test Online Customer Identification System based on Facial Recognition

Tokyo-based Mizuho Bank, the integrated corporate and retail banking division of Mizuho Financial Group (TYO: 8411; NYSE: MFG), the third largest financial services company in Japan, has initiated proof-of-concept (PoC) trials and testing of digital IDs that are based on device location and facial recognition…. Read More

Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange DeCurret Issues ¥2.75 Billion in a Third-Party Allocation of Shares

DeCurret, a Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange, announced on Friday it has issued ¥2.75 billion in a third-party allocation of shares. The platform, which was founded in 2018, stated that amidst a “growing major trend towards the spread of digital currency” it has become a “main bank… Read More

Japanese Research Group Introduces Blockchain-based “Digital Court” to Handle Legal Disputes

A Japanese research group has reportedly developed a blockchain-enabled mechanism to carry out legal tasks through a “digital court” system. As noted in an announcement made on April 6, 2020, Japanese professors Hitoshi Matsushima from the University of Tokyo, and Shunya Noda from the University… Read More

Fintech TransferWise Surpasses 7 Million Global Users, Now Supports Instant Transfers to Japan in JPY

Fintech TransferWise has revealed that there are now over 7 million people across the globe that are using the company’s services to move money from one country to another. Founded in 2010 in Estonia, TransferWise now supports over 1,600 different currency routes, helping people save… Read More

Japan-Based Financial App Kyash Secures $45 Million Through Series C Funding Round Co-Led By Greenspring Associates & Goodwater Capital

Kyash, a Japanese financial app, announced on Tuesday it secured $45 million through Series C funding round, which was co-led by Greenspring Associates and Goodwater Capital with participation from Altos Ventures, Partech Partners, Broadhaven Ventures, Tekton Ventures, and Rahul Mehta, Managing Partner of DST Global…. Read More

Sony Bank Introduces “English Online Banking” Services

Sony Bank, a Japanese commercial banking group and a subsidiary of Sony Financial, a member of the Japanese electronics giant Sony,  announced on Monday the launch of its new “English Online Banking” services. According to Sony Bank, the new banking services will provide foreign residents in… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor, Masayoshi Amamiya, Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Won’t Offer Significant Benefits to Developed Countries

Mature global economies like Japan’s won’t need a virtual currency, according to the deputy governor at the Bank of Japan (BoJ). While attending the Bank for International Settlement’s Future of Payments Forum, deputy governor Masayoshi Amamiya said that a central bank digital currency, or CBDC,… Read More

Starling Bank Named Official Banking Partner of Team GB For the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

UK-based digital banking group Starling Bank announced on Friday it has been named official banking partner for Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The digital banking group reported as part of its involvement, it will also be offering each athlete a Starling… Read More

Japanese Messaging Service Provider LINE Closes Crypto Exchange BITBOX in Singapore, Launches New Trading Platform BITFRONT in the US

LINE, a Japan-based messaging service provider, has reportedly closed down its Singapore-headquartered crypto exchange BITBOX and has launched a globally accessible platform, BITFRONT. Headquartered the US, BITFRONT is run by LVC USA, which is a subsidiary of LVC Corporation, a company that manages LINE’s digital… Read More

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