Tagged: japan

Japanese IB Nomura Opens Fintech Program in Mumbai, PwC, Google, IBM & Amazon Internet Services Join Effort

Japanese investment bank Nomura has set up a fintech program in India, inviting entrepreneurs in Mumbai to build new tools for capital markets. The Voyager partnership aims to give Indian fintech specialists access to Nomura’s resources at the Mumbai innovation centre, enabling them to test their ideas using… Read More

New Law in Japan Officially Recognizes Bitcoin

Only a few weeks since the SEC denied two separate bitcoin ETF applications, there may be some good news coming out of Japan for supporters of Bitcoin. On April 1, a new law went into effect in Japan allowing for the country’s first officially recognized… Read More

Yo Shibata, Co-Founder of Crowdport, Updates on “Social Lending” Status in Japan

  According to a recent article in TechinAsia, 52% of Japan’s personal assets, or more than $15 trillion, are held as cash. That is incredible.  But it is also incredible in the fact that holding cash, when most current accounts pay less than inflation, means… Read More

WorldRemit Announces Asia Expansion: Launches Online Money Transfers in Japan

WorldRemit, announced on Monday it is launching its online money transfer services in Japan. This news comes less than a week after the company announced its launch in Hawaii and customers in Japan will now be able to send money to family and friends worldwide, using… Read More

Singapore & Japan to Cooperate on Fintech Innovation

Less than a week after Japan inked an agreement to partner with the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan has announced a cooperation framework with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Similar to other existing arrangements by MAS,… Read More

UK & Japan Governments Partner to Promote & Support Fintech Innovators

The Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have announced a “Co-operation Framework” to support innovative Fintech firms. This “Exchange of Letters” between the JFSA and the FCA is intended to provide a regulatory referral system for “Innovator Businesses”… Read More

JPX to Adopt Blockchain in Trading, TSE Tests Ready by Spring

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has cleared the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) to use blockchain in trading, according to Nikkei Asian Review.  Such fintech tools might make trading more efficient.  JPX operates the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), the largest stock exchange in Asia and fourth largest… Read More

Brief: Mizuho Announces New Innovation Center in Tokyo

Mizuho Bank recently announced the opening of its innovation center, which will be located in the Fintech Center of Tokyo Finolab. The company stated the center would be jointly operated by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., Dentsu Inc., and Information Services International–Dentsu, Ltd. Mizuho reported that… Read More

Brief: Bank of Japan Considers Fintech Viable Option for Central Banking

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank may finally apply fintech to its future operations  given its growing influence on global payments, settlements and financial services, reported Reuters. Signaling that the BOJ is ready to initiate research to promote Japanese fintech given it has “various… Read More

Cloud Lending Solutions & Fujitsu Partner on Asian Expansion

Cloud Lending Solutions and Fujitsu have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a new partnership to provide services in Japan and other ASEAN countries. The arrangement is pretty significant for Cloud Lending as it provides an established partner to promote and develop online banking… Read More

Brief: Crowdcube Success Cell Therapy Receives £12.5M in Japan Rights Deal

On Tuesday, Crowdcube #FundedClub member, Cell Therapy (CTL), announced it has received £12.5M in a Japan Rights Deal. The Welsh biotech company, co-founded by Nobel Prize winner Sir Martin Evans, raised £689,246 through the equity crowdfunding platform to help cell-based regeneration medicine for heart trauma get to… Read More

MobiKwik Taps GMO Payment Gateway & MediaTek for Successful Series C Round

MobiKwik, a Gurgaon, India based mobile wallet company, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by Japanese GMO Payment Gateway and Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek, according to a company press release. The round was part of Series C round raised last month, which included participation from its existing investors… Read More

Ys Net Launches Chinese Website For Kickstarter Alum “Shenmue III”

This week, Japanese production studio Ys Net announced that it has created a new Chinese website for its Kickstarter success project, Shenmue III. The company, which was founded in 2008 by well-known video game developer Yu Suzuki, revealed that it will be accepting contributions through the Chinese payment… Read More

Asia Pacific Research: Dramatic Growth in Alternative Finance is Fueled by Huge China Market

The Asia-Pacific Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report has just been published and it highlights the largest region in the world for disruptive finance. Entitled, “Harnessing Potential”, this is the first report for the region and has been created by a partnership of researchers, including the Cambridge… Read More

Fintech Law in Asia Conference Scheduled to Take Place in Japan

In response to the rapid increase of Fintech in Asia, a new conference has been launched to address the fast changing environment for financial firms. The 2016  Fintech Law in Asia Conference is scheduled to take place at Nagoya University in Japan this April. The… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Floating “Air” Bonsai, SprayPrinter & LIV Swiss Automatic Watch

After a brief interlude thanks to the snowstorm otherwise known as Jonas, Mailbox is back with some cool rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns. First up we have a floating plant. We have seen other floating campaigns before but I believe this is the first floating plant to… Read More

MasterCard Nurtures Asia Pacific Fintech with Start Path Program, Grows Cloud and Payment Networks

2016 proved eventful for payments network MasterCard, as the company has been involved in in many global fintech industry deals, according to a release.  With the intention of expanding its electronic payments network in other countries, MasterCard heavily invests in fintech and organises a six month… Read More

Major Japanese Bank Mitsubishi UFJ Said To Create Division For Fintech Research

Japan’s banks are beginning to say konnichiwa with more enthusiasm to Fintech: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., a major Japanese bank, has created a unit to research and develop new financial technologies, according to sources cited in a recent Bloomberg story. A spokesman for Mitsubishi UFJ in Tokyo, Taiki… Read More