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XRP Spikes 9% as Japan’s 2nd Largest Bank Takes Stake in Ripple Partner SBI Holdings

XRP is today’s leading high market cap cryptocurrency, having gained 9% over the last 24-hours. This comes as the rest of the crypto markets continue to move sideways. Analysts have attributed this to a collaboration deal, which sees Japan’s…
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Crypto Tidbits: Elon Musk Pokes Bitcoin Bear, Japanese Giants Delve Into Cryptocurrency Mining, Baidu’s Blockchain Beta

Another week, another round of Crypto Tidbits. The second week for the year 2020 was a lot more exciting for Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency space than the first. Per data from Coin360, the leading digital asset, BTC, gained 10% on the…
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Ripple Announces University Blockchain Research Initiative Partnerships with Kyoto and Tokyo Universities

Blockchain firm and creator of the XRP digital currency, Ripple, has announced that its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) has partnered with two Japanese higher education institutions. With the inclusion of Kyoto University and…
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Japan Introduces Stricter Regulation for Crypto Margin Trading

Japanese regulators have reportedly approved draft amendments to the country’s financial instruments and payment services laws, introducing stricter regulations for margin trading of digital assets. A report by local news publication Nikkei…
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Huobi Resumes Trading in Japan as FSA-Licensed Exchange

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi — currently the world’s 7th largest by daily traded volume — has relaunched as a fully licensed platform in Japan after merging with BitTrade. The news was announced in a press release published Jan. 17. As…
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Japan Not Considering Approval of Bitcoin ETF, FSA Denies Reports

According to a spokesperson from the Financial Services Agency (FSA), Japan is not considering the approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Speaking to Bitcoin.com, an FSA representative said: There is no such fact that we are considering…
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Japanese Consortium to Research Direct Trading of Electricity with Blockchain

A Japanese consortium is to research the use of blockchain technology to determine the price of surplus electricity generated by photovoltaic power generation, and a new system capable of direct trading. Japan Unisys to Build Blockchain Platform…
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SBI Remit is Using the Blockchain to Make Money Transfers Between Japan and Africa

SBI Remit, a Japanese money transfer company, is teaming up with a venture-backed firm to use its new treasury management service that uses the blockchain for increased transparency and liquidity to small and medium-sized businesses operating…
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Japan Sees Rising Crypto Theft, $540 Million Stolen in First Six Months of 2018

Japan, often fondly referred to as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ has this year increasingly become the ‘Land of rising crypto theft,’ with a new report suggesting that the yen equivalent of $540 million has been stolen…
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Deutsche Bank Veteran Jumps Ship, Joins Japanese Crypto Exchange

Although many risk-averse individuals are hesitant to venture into the nascent cryptocurrency industry, there are some that are willing to take the plunge, including a multitude of former institutional investors, analysts, traders, and executives. Japanese…