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Sensely Joins Plug and Play Japan’s Insurtech Accelerator Program

Sensely, a U.S. startup that has created avatar and chatbot-based platforms to assist insurance plan members and patients with insurance services and healthcare resources, announced on Tuesday it has been selected for the next batch of Plug and Play’s Insurtech program in Japan. According to… Read More

Compliant Digital Securities Platform Securitize Acquires BUIDL, a Japanese Blockchain Consulting Firm

Securitize, a platform for the issuance and management of compliant, blockchain-based digital securities, has reportedly acquired a Japanese consulting and development firm focused on distributed ledger technology, called BUIDL, in order to further expand its operations in Japan. We just announced at the Global Brain… Read More

Cryptocurrency Exchange bitFlyer Debuts Instant Buy Feature in Europe to Make Digital Currency More Accessible

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Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer announced on Thursday the launch of Instant Buy on its Buy/Sell exchange platform in Europe. The exchange reported that the feature, which is available on desktop and smartphone, allows users to buy cryptocurrency directly from bitFlyer, using a credit card, debit… Read More

Digital Securities Platform iSTOX Raises $5 Million in Funding Led by Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings

iSTOX, a regulated capital markets platform that provides digital security issuance and trading, has raised $5 million in funding from Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings. According to a release from iSTOX, the funding also brings a valuable partnership that provides a gateway to accredited and institutional… Read More

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association Joins the International Digital Asset Exchange Association

The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Digital Asset Exchange Association (IDAXA). This is the eighth national trade association in the sector to align with IDAXA. The goal is to provide a unified voice for… Read More

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Establishes a Security Token Research Consortium with Multiple Partners, Plans for Future of Digital Securities

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) (NYSE:MUFG) has established the Security Token Research Consortium (ST Research Consortium) to develop next-generation financial transaction services using blockchain technology. Japan has emerged as a robust market for the development of blockchain technology. MUFG  is one of the largest financial… Read More

Japanese Instant Credit Fintech Paidy Receives Investment from PayPal Ventures As Part of $143 Million Funding Round

Japan-based Paidy Inc., a Fintech firm that allows consumers to make online purchases quickly and securely without using a credit card or pre-registration, announced on October 31 that it received $143 million in additional funding. As noted in a release, Paidy’s funding consisted of a… Read More

Financial Giant Softbank Invests $655 Million into UK-based Supply Chain Firm Greensill

Tokyo-based Softbank, a multinational conglomerate holding company that provides fixed-line, mobile telephony, internet, telecommunications, and digital television products, is planning to invest $655 million into Greensill, a UK-headquartered supply chain finance company. Softbank has been a prominent investor in the Fintech sector having taken positions… Read More

Huobi Japan Receives $4.6 Million Investment from Tokyo’s Financial Products Group

Singapore-based crypto exchange Huobi’s Japan division has reportedly received nearly 500 million yen (appr. $4.6 million) in funding from a major Tokyo-listed firm focused on several areas including leasing, real estate, insurance brokerage and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). As noted in Huobi’s press release, the… Read More

Lead Real Estate Issuing a Security Token (STO) for Tokyo Property Development

Tokyo-based firm Lead Real Estate has announced plans to, “develop condominiums and hotels in Tokyo’s popular areas such as Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Shinagawa, and Meguro by using funds raised through issuing security tokens (STOs).” The firm believes a combination of factors, including local RE investing… Read More

OurCrowd to Support “New Wave of Tech Collaboration” in Partnership with Toyota Tsusho

Global investment crowdfunding platform and Israel’s leading venture investor OurCrowd has partnered with the Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho), a member of the Toyota Group, which comprises of 17 companies including Toyota Motor. The new partnership will launch a new business that will act as… Read More

Bitcoin.com Acquires 03 Labs, a Tokyo-based Blockchain Software Company

Bitcoin.com has acquired O3 Labs, according to a release. O2 is a Tokyo-based software company that “specializes in developing gateways to the digital economy.” O3 will be absorbed into Bitcoin.com, forming a single team dedicated to creating tools for the Bitcoin Cash network. Stefan Rust,… Read More

Japanese Securities Firms Form Security Token (STO) Self Regulating Body

Representatives from Monex, SBI Securities, kabu.com Securities, Daiwa Securities, Nomura Securities and Rakuten Securities have formed the “Japan Security Token Offering Association” to self-regulate and advocate for security token offerings (STOs) in Japan. According to an announcement from Monex, “the Japan STO Association primarily works… Read More

Payment Technology Platform InComm Teams Up With Mizuho Bank to Expand J-Coin Pay in Japan

InComm, a payments technology company, announced on Monday it has partnered with Mizuho Bank to expand its payment service J-Coin Pay to its retail network in Japan. InComm reported that through the partnership, a network of more than 18,000 retail locations, which including pharmacies, supermarkets,… Read More

Japanese Crypto Exchange Coincheck Suspends New Orders for Margin Trades, Will Cut Existing Margin Trades by 20%

Japanese cryptocurrency trading platform Coincheck has suspended new orders for margin trading and will reduce margins on pending trades from 5X to 4X on October 31st, 2019. The company also warns (according to an automated translation): “The amount of margin required will change constantly, so… Read More

CCAF Benchmarking Report: Global Regtech Tops $5 Billion in 2018 as Startup Activity Surges

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its first “Global RegTech Benchmarking Report,” sponsored by EY Japan. According to the research, the Regtech industry has topped $5 billion in revenue in 2018 following a five-year surge in startup activity. CCAF reports that, while… Read More

FIN/SUM Fintech & Regtech Summit – Tokyo

FIN/SUM is a fintech summit and conference that connects the global finance and tech industries while promoting disruptive innovation across the globe. It grew to be the largest and most influential fintech summit in Japan and one of the largest in Asia and globally. The… Read More

Japan’s Finance Regulator Reminds Crypto Sector About Revised Laws, Plans More Laws

The agency regulating Japan’s financial markets, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), with the cooperation of the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA), has called on the country’s crypto sector to make sure it is familiar with revised laws The agency has also announced it will be… Read More

Wirex Becomes Type II Member of the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association

Wirex, a hybrid personal finance platform that merges blockchain tech and traditional finance, announced on Thursday it has become a type II member of the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA). Wirex claims that becoming a type II member is a vital and hard-earned step… Read More

15 Governments Collaborating on Global Crypto Monitoring Network

About 15 countries are collaborating on a system to collect and share identifying data about individuals trading cryptocurrencies, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The news follows other reports this week that Japan’s Ministry of Finance and Financial Services Agency (FSA) have offered to build a regulated global network… Read More

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