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Japan Rises to Become 2nd Biggest Bitcoin Trader in the World

· January 17, 2017 · 5:00 am

Counterparty Foundation Community Director Koji Higashi has agreed that Japan’s future in Bitcoin is an “upward trend” and could challenge China in trading volume.


Japan: World’s #2 Bitcoin Trader

His comments follow mainstream media alleging the number of Japanese outlets accepting Bitcoin had quadrupled to over 4,000 in 2016 alone.

In a blog post Monday, Higashi said that in contrast to China’s falling trading volumes due to exchange inspections and uncertainty over legislation, Japan’s legal setup was fostering increased crypto adoption.

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“…It seems to me few people are aware of what’s happening in Japan now, especially its ever increasing bitcoin trading volume and signs of wider bitcoin adoption,” he wrote.

In terms of trading volume, in fact, yen is already the second biggest currency after Chinese yuan.

The figures Higashi highlights make for surprising reading. Data from Cryptocompare supports his findings, with Japan’s volume just a hair above the US at present. It should be noted, however, that not all exchanges are accounted for in the charts available.

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Japan’s daily trading volumes are now between 120,000 and 150,000 BTC (excluding OTC and P2P trading) – still only around 15% of China, yet enough to support a solid trend, he states.

“Japan is not quite there to challenge the China’s spot yet but it’s notable that about 10% of the bitcoin trading in the world comes from Japan now,” he continued.

Future Uncertain… But Better Than China

A recent Bitcoinist article highlighting purportedly huge increases in merchant adoption in the country meanwhile met with criticism from locals, who said that despite the claims made by Japanese media outlet NHK, the reality remained that using Bitcoin even in Tokyo was next to impossible.

However, a list of where you can spend your bits in Tokyo was compiled by Japanese exchange Coincheck here.

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Still, Higashi too errs on the side of caution, adding that the current status quo did not necessarily signal a flood of adoption – and could ultimately mean the opposite.

“I think the new virtual currency law in Japan will turn out worse than Bitlicense in some aspects contrary to popular media narratives,” he said about the latest Japanese legislation which should come into effect in Spring.

Under this legislation, businesses getting into the cryptocurrency sphere will have the “entry barrier lowered,” Higashi said, leading to increased participation and trading. He predicts that,

At the end of this year, Japan may end up becoming the Number 1 country for Bitcoin trading officially.

Bitcoin Business Gets Ready

Meanwhile, the country’s Bitcoin ecosystem is wasting no time in grabbing the public’s attention amid a more favorable climate.

Tech company GMO Internet announced Tuesday that it would enter the Japanese Bitcoin market with a wallet and exchange service specifically due to the regulatory changes.

Extant exchange BitFlyer is even advertising on major television networks, producing a pitch which is decidedly Japanese in nature, complete with a jingle users have been translating on Reddit.

What do you think about Higashi’s forecasts and the future of Bitcoin in Japan? Let us know in the comments below!


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, cryptocompare.com, counterparty foundation

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BitHope Foundation Partners With Counterparty For HOPECOIN Token

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The BitHope Foundation has partnered with Counterparty, which means the charitable organisation has created their token. HOPECOIN, as this token is called, will be sent to anyone who makes a donation through the IndieSquare button.

Also read: Bitland Puts Land Titles on the Blockchain in Ghana

Introducing The HOPECOIN Token Through Counterparty

Most cryptocurrency enthusiasts will have heard of the Counterparty platform before, as it stores extra data in standard Bitcoin transactions. As a result, every Counterparty transactions is a Bitcoin transaction in a smaller size. Transactions on this network are verified by Bitcoin miners and are recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain.

This concept has caught the attention of the BitHope Foundation, as they partnered with the Counterparty team to create their token on the platform. HOPECOIN, as this initiative is called, is a new token which will be issued to anyone who makes a financial contribution to this charitable organisation.

However, there is one requirement, as users have to use the BitHope IndieSquare payment button to receive the tokens. Given the multi-purpose wallet nature of IndieSquare and the fact they are the world’s first Counterparty wallet built for mobile devices, this partnership can bring a lot of positive attention to all parties involved in this partnership.

To put this token into perspective, every Bitcoin donation worth US$1 will reward the contributor with 50 HOPECOINS. While these new tokens have no intrinsic value as of yet, they can be exchanged for goods and services in the future. BitHope Foundation hopes other projects will utilise the Counterparty platform in the future, and offer their goods and services in exchange for these tokens.

For users who have never used the IndieSquare wallet before, it is important to note the user is in full control of their wallet at any given time. During the signup process, there is a 12-word seed that needs to be written down by the user, as they are the only ones who have access to the funds. No other party will ever access one’s funds.

Will you donate to BitHope Foundation to experiment with HOPECOINS on Counterparty? Let us know in the comments below!

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BitHope Foundation Partners With Counterparty For HOPECOIN Token

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