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Digital Bank Revolut Introduces Services in Japan, Claims it Signed Up 10,000 Locals, After Acquiring License in 2018

Prominent digital bank Revolut has reportedly launched services in Japan, as it continues to move forward with its ambitious global expansion plans. The Fintech Unicorn had first acquired a license to offer services in the country back in 2018. Revolut’s management confirmed that its services… Read More

Bitgate Picks BitGo For Self-Managed Custody Solution to Meet FSA Regulations in Japan

BitGo, a digital asset financial services provider, announced on Wednesday that Bitgate, a Financial Services Agency (FSA) regulated exchange based in Japan, has selected its Self-Managed Custody solution to hold Bitgate customers’ digital assets securely and meet new regulations. According to BitGo, The regulations came… Read More

Japanese Finance Minister Says Blockchain or DLT May be Useful for COVID-19 related Contact Tracing

Taro Aso, the Japanese Finance Minister, has reportedly said that blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) could potentially help with combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Aso believes that DLT-powered solutions may be used for contact tracing while ensuring the privacy of user data. Aso, whose comments… Read More

Securitize Powers LIFULL Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform in Japan

LIFULL Co., Ltd., operator of a Japanese real estate listing website “LIFULL HOME’S” has partnered with Securitize to offer digital securities based on real estate assets. According to a note from Securitize, LIFULL and Securitize are emblematic of the evolution of the global digital securities… Read More

COVID-19 leads to Increased Blockchain Adoption to Combat Digital Counterfeiting, Improved Data Management in Japan, Industry Execs Claim

The COVID-19 outbreak had led to many Asian countries exploring the adoption of blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) in order to securely manage data, according to an update from the Nikkei Asian Review. Tomohiro Maruyama, senior manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting, told Nikkei that… Read More

Tel Aviv’s Liquidity Capital and Japanese Financial Giant MUFG Establish $80 Million Initiative for Asian Digital Commerce Startups

An Israel-based AI technology firm is planning to help MUFG Bank, which is Japan’s largest financial institution, with assessing the operations of Asian startups in order to determine the feasibility of issuing loans to them. The $80 million 50-50 joint initiative between Tel Aviv based… Read More

Japanese Payments & E-Commerce Platform hey Secures Growth Investment Through Series E Funding Round Led By Bain Capital Tech Opportunities

    hey, a payments and e-commerce platform in Japan that helps businesses easily create bespoke online stores and process in-store cashless payments, announced on Tuesday it secured a Series E investment, which was led by Bain Capital Tech Opportunities with participation from PayPal Ventures, Goldman Sachs, YJ Capital, Anatole,… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan and the Central Bank in the Philippines Continue to Conduct Research to Determine Feasibility of Digital Currencies

The Bank of Japan or BOJ (JASDAQ: 8301), the nation’s central bank that’s headquartered in Chūō, Tokyo, has reportedly appointed Kazushige Kamiyama, a prominent economist, as its head of a department that’s tasked with conducting research on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Reuters reports that… Read More

Deutsche Bank Now Enabling Airwallex to Provide Virtual Account Collections & API-Enabled Foreign Exchange Services in Japan & Hong Kong

Deutsche Bank announced on Monday it will enable global fintech Airwallex to provide virtual account collections and API-enabled foreign exchange services in Japan and Hong Kong. According to Deutsche Bank, the solution will further allow Airwallex to seamlessly process and convert cross-border payments made to… Read More

Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC), Stellar (XLM) to be Delisted by Liquid Exchange so it can Prepare to Acquire Payment Services License in Singapore

The Electric Coin Company (ECC), which supports the development of Zcash (ZEC), a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency, recently revealed that Liquid will be delisting ZEC along with 28 other digital currencies or tokens because the Japanese crypto trading platform is planning to apply for a license to… Read More

When Carlos Ghosn Fled Japan, the Exfil Team Was Paid in Crypto – Report

Carlos Ghosn, once the Chairman of Nissan and now a bit of a fugitive, fled Japan in 2019 after being charged by authorities for allegations of misappropriated funds pertaining to the automotive firm. In December of 2019, Ghosn evaded the watchful eyes of Japenese authorities… Read More

CBDCs: China and Japan Continue to Work on their Respective Digital Currency Projects, New Reports Confirm

The global COVID-19 crisis has forced many businesses to either shut down or make significant changes to their business models. Individuals and companies are increasingly using digital platforms and services to conduct transactions or complete routine tasks that they normally carried out at physical locations…. Read More

Fintech Adoption in Pakistan on the Rise with Japan Communications and Saffran Group Committing to Investing in Local Financial Tech Initiatives

Japan Communications Inc., a company that engages in the provision of wireless data communication services via in-house software solutions, has partnered with Pakistan‘s Saffran Group, a multinational technology development company. Through the partnership, the companies will invest in financial technology projects in Pakistan via the… Read More

Cryptocurrency Exchange bitFlyer to Develop Digital Asset Wallet for Brave Browser Users

Tokyo-based digital currency exchange bitFlyer has teamed up with Brave International SEZC, a subsidiary of Brave Software, Inc., the developer of the Internet browser – which monetizes web browsing by using the Basic Attention Token (BAT). As mentioned in a release shared with CI, bitFlyer… Read More

Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, a Huobi Japan Investor, to Launch Security Token Exchange

Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, a Japanese financial services holding company headquartered in Chūō, Tokyo with over 82 billion JPY in annual revenue, is planning to establish a security token exchange. Tokai Tokyo, which is primarily involved in offering brokerage services via its subsidiary Tokai Tokio… Read More

Japan’s Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Is Reportedly Planning to Make it Easier for Traditional Banks to Expand into Fintech and Other Sectors

The Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, the nation’s ruling-party, is reportedly planning to make it easier for local banking institutions to branch out into different sectors, which could help them compete with or even push back against emerging Fintech firms and other tech startups. The party’s… Read More

Thailand Fintech SYNQA, Parent of Blockchain Startup OmiseGo, Secures $80 Million from Siam Commercial Bank, Toyota Financial, Others

Thailand-based Fintech firm SYNQA, the parent company of OmiseGo (previously called Omise Holdings), has reportedly secured $80 million in capital via a Series C investment round led by SCB 10x, a subsidiary of the Siam Commercial Bank. Asia-based VC group SPARX also took part in… Read More

New Proposal Recommends Multi-Currency CBDC including Chinese Yuan, Japanese Yen, South Korean Won, Hong Kong Dollar

Many developing and developed countries across the globe are considering or already developing and testing their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). China might be creating an East Asia virtual currency platform, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. The new currency might… Read More

Multi-lender Financing Platform ChargeAfter Secures Investment from VC Division of Japanese Financial Giant MUFG

US-based ChargeAfter, a global network that enables retailers to match their consumers with credit and financing offers, has received an investment from the VC division of Japan’s financial services giant MUFG. The actual amount invested has not been shared publicly. However, the announcement noted that… Read More

Digital Transformation: Japan’s Big Banks are Studying Virtual Currencies and how to Make Banks and Cashless Payments Systems Interoperable

Japan’s largest banks will be looking into the potential benefits of using electronic money and digital currencies in order to make banks and cashless payments systems interoperable. The initiative has been launched by Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, the world’s fifth-largest bank in terms of… Read More

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