The bullish rise in value of the cryptocurrency economy in 2017 was recorded to have been majorly influenced by countries from Asia. China for example was the biggest player in the Bitcoin market as it controlled 80% of the global trade volume of the creation of Satoshi Nakamato, but that was before the Chinese government started cracking down on digital currencies as a whole. If you can recall, you will be familiar with the famous ban on ICOs by the country which also triggered the closing of the biggest cryptocurrency exchange companies in the country. This led to China forfeiting their number one position, thereby giving other countries within the Asia continent to shine. Countries like Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea have cryptocurrency economy that is worth watching out for currently, but Japan among these countries has emerged as the next force.
World Power Status
Japan is an emerging world super power. Its national currency (Japanese Yen) in the cryptocurrency market is currently the second most traded currency, trailing just after the US dollar which is number one. As at January 2019, the Japanese Yen accounted for 57% of Bitcoin, and US dollars accounted for 28.4%. It is thus clear that although the US dollar is the overall leader in cryptocurrencies, Japan has overtaken China as the global leader in Bitcoin market. In April 2017, the government recognized Bitcoin as a form of payment. It then gave approval to about ten cryptocurrency exchanges companies to operate. The country even has a themed girl group called ‘The Virtual Currency Girls’. The Virtual Currency Girls is an eight member group whose members are representatives of eight different cryptocurrencies. All these developments are not as a result of chances; rather they are as a result of the approach in which the Japanese government has adopted in their dealings with cryptocurrencies. It is the first and only country which an institutionalized legal system that is regulating the trading of cryptocurrency, hence it provides the safety needed for investors who have nurtured concerns on trustworthiness of exchange companies.
Embrace of Cryptocurrency by Government
In macroeconomic terms, the embrace of cryptocurrency makes sense. Japan has taken time to recover from its so-called ‘Lost Decade’ of economic stagnation. Its relatively low growth and high savings rate make cryptocurrency an attractive option. While a trailblazer in tech development, Japan and its authorities are notoriously conservative when it comes to financial innovation. The government’s forward-looking attitude to virtual currencies may in fact be a reaction to that. The use of blockchain has given Japan an opportunity to shake things up a little and push local banks into more aggressive development. At the same time, the state’s proactive approach to regulation is also a way to keep crypto trading under centralized control.
Since the legalization, Japan has enjoyed what seems to be an endless cryptocurrency boom, with massive yields in retail investor interest and over-the-counter (OTC) services. Trading is not just their strong points as their trading companies are some of the best in the world; the country has also been a destination for testing of blockchain innovations. It is a general saying that most crypto currency start-up companies have higher chances of surviving through their first year if they have their market in the Japanese cryptocurrency market. They’re not just making strides when it comes to trading. Japan is also becoming an important testing ground for blockchain innovation. For example, the Japanese government in a bid to demonstrate their support for blockchain and cryptocurrency gave a go ahead for the partnership of Hitachi and Tech Bureau to build a blockchain system that runs on NEM-based Mijin Blockchain platform.
Currently, the issuance of ICOs is currently banned in Japan. And due to the regulation of the exchange companies in the country, the numbers of crypto coins that are traded in the market are limited. However, some of the top cryptocurrency companies in Japan include Coincheck, Bitflyer, Ginco, BitPoint, Tech Bureau and a host of others. Experts say that the best is yet to come for cryptocurrency in Japan as there are a lot of cryptocurrency projects that are being generated. With such backing from the government and a willing customer base reach, one cannot deny the fact that investing in Japanese cryptocurrency market is a gold mine.