Japan aims to lift ban on foreign stablecoins by June: Report

By Anjali Kochhar

Japan plans to introduce regulations by June 2023 that will allow domestic investors to trade certain stablecoins issued overseas, according to a Cointelegraph report, citing the country’s regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA).

Once the new regulations will be in place, the FSA will examine stablecoins for compliance, including having the required assets to back the stablecoin and ensure user protection, an FSA spokesperson told Cointelegraph.

Meanwhile, the FSA declined to confirm whether popular stablecoins such as Tether or USDC will be accepted in Japan under the new rules.

The revamp of the regulations – which overturns a ban on stablecoins introduced in June last year – is seen as part of efforts by Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to support digital finance and Web3 adoption in his strategy to reinvigorate the economy in what he has called “new capitalism.”

Japan’s stablecoin ban came a month after the US$40 billion collapse of the Terra-Luna stablecoin run by Singapore-based Terraform Labs, which caused losses to hundreds of thousands of investors around the world.

Crypto exchanges Kraken and Coinbase have since shuttered operations in Japan, citing local market conditions.

About the author

Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.

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