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FCA commissioner admits operating a crypto exchange in Japan is not easy. - Chaintimes.com


chaintimes.com 10 August 2021 06:44, UTC
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The new commissioner of Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), Junichi Nakajima, believes the country needs to think carefully before making Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies more accessible to the general public. In an interview with Bloomberg, he said crypto assets like Bitcoin have the potential to benefit the public as a quick and cheap way to transfer money. However, most of the crypto assets are currently used for speculation and investment instead. 

Japanese regulator believes careful consideration is required before making crypto investment easier. 

The Japanese regulator believes that careful consideration is required before making it easier for the general public to invest in crypto assets. Nakajima further said that the high volatility of crypto markets due to not having underlying assets is a primary reason for the Japanese regulator not allowing crypto investment trusts. Japan is known for ramping up its regulatory efforts following the infamous hack attack on Tokyo-based crypto exchange Coincheck, which resulted in the loss of 523 million NEM coins, worth approximately $534 million.

The current regulatory framework on crypto exchanges effectively protects customers.

 The current regulatory framework on crypto exchanges effectively protects customers and meets the Anti-Money Laundering requirements. But the business situation of most of the registered crypto exchanges “is rather rough,” Nakajima said. He also admitted that since the infamous Coincheck hack, the country became a difficult market in which to do business for the registered crypto exchange. The Japanese government is currently aiming for global cooperation to regulate digital currencies. To this end, the Japanese Ministry of Finance is reportedly seeking to increase its staff. The FSA also established a new unit last month to monitor broader crypto markets and focus on decentralized finance.

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