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Japanese startup Tech Bureau Inc. launches a new cryptocurrency exchange, dubbed Zaif exchange, supporting Bitcoin as well as the "Japanese Dogecoin," Monacoin, in a bid to become "the hub that connects Japan to the global cryptocurrency market."
Bitcoin and Japan have had an interesting and strained relationship over the last three years.
CoinTelegraph talked to Takao Asayama about current problems in the Japanese Bitcoin and blockchain market.
Japan's largest Internet company Rakuten Inc., announced today it has started to accept Bitcoin as a payment option on its American portal Rakuten.com. The company said this first integration should be followed closely by other global marketplaces integrations, including its German and Austrian e-commerce portals
The US Federal Reserve ended QE last week and promised to keep rates “extraordinarily low” for an extended period of time.
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A security expert is expected to unveil a new app that is able to crack remembered passphrases, Los Angeles startup Verisart will use the Blockchain to verify artwork authenticity, and more news
The closure of Mt. Gox and the investigation of its founder have turned into a national scandal involving the Japanese government after it was revealed that the defunct exchange was bankrupt six months prior to its collapse.
The U.S. and Cuba transact in bitcoin, Coin (the all-in-one credit card) has revealed the second iteration of its card, Coinbase allows users to purchase bitcoin with debit and credit cards, and more top stories from this week in FinTech.
Mark Karpeles has been under investigation by Japanese authorities since Febru-ary of 2014 and is soon expected to face charges of fraud at Mt. Gox.
Ninki Wallet is the first PGP Bitcoin wallet that allows users to create a payment network, send and receive invoices, and send and receive Bitcoin without having to deal with addresses.
German e-bank Fidor has announced end-to-end support for Bitcoin transactions directly linked to one of their regular bank accounts alongside plans of US expansion. Samsung acquires over-the-counter payment system LoopPay. Bitcoin companies may be vulnerable to Equation Group style attacks, and other top stories for Fe...
Investors voice numerous complaints about Mt. Gox Liquidator, Nobuaki Kobayashi and questions about what exactly happened to the millions of dollars lost.
CEO of Rakuten said that the company’s accepting Bitcoin payments was not a matter of if, but when.
New global Bitcoin ATM installations appear to have tapered off slightly since the beginning of the New Year. CoinTelegraph’s content partner, Coin ATM Radar, reports that as of January 26, 2015, there are 341 BTMs in operation around the globe, and new ones are going live at a rate of about one every three days.
Japan does not want people buying drugs with Bitcoin – but it doesn’t want to regulate the currency either (not yet, anyway).
The governor of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda has made a statement on bitcoin during the regular press conference.
The ruling party in Japan, the Liberal Democrats, have formed an investigative committee that will look into Bitcoin from a governmental perspective, the party said in a statement.
Japanese financial firms have been hit by the most basic Blockchain challenge – a shortage of technical experts.
Having overtaken the US, Japan has become the world’s second Bitcoin market, after China. Will the Empire of the Sun move ahead of all to completely embrace digital assets?
Bitcoin price is likely to rise in coming days, watch out.
Japan is set to drop sales tax on buying digital currencies, pawing the way for more exchange traders joining the Bitcoin’s bandwagon.
Bitcoin users in Japan can now pay their electric bills with their favourite cryptocurrency and save money as well.
A Japanese TV show may change how cryptocurrency is viewed by people in Japan and around the world.
The change of the central bank’s goals can cause huge trading losses for market participants. The advantage of Bitcoin is its predictability.
Despite the government’s friendly regulations, the Japanese Bitcoin infrastructure remains imperfect in comparison to other East Asian countries, including South Korea and Taiwan.
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Hitachi are starting the Blockchain project in Singapore to digitalize banking.
The stage seems set for Bitcoin trading to soar in Japan with a multiplier effect on the entire ecosystem.
As Japan readings a massive inflationary stimulus spending program, Bitcoin’s attractiveness as a hedge against the yen grows.
Tokyo-based Rakuten plans to acquire the intellectual property assets of Bitcoin payment processor, BitNet.
The notorious Mark Karpeles, CEO of Mt Gox, was released on bail yesterday after paying nearly $100,000 prior to being released, according to Japanese media.
Despite its perceived frustrations, compliance seems to be an interesting concept that is entrenched in today’s Bitcoin world.
A successful private Blockchain experiment in Burma might change the way microfinance works in developing nations.
The largest bank in Japan has confirmed that it is testing its digital currency using the Blockchain technology.
Coincheck launches support for DAO tokens in Japan. CoinTelegraph spoke with Kagayaki Kawabata, Business Development Lead at Coincheck.jp, to find out how high DAO could rise in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Blockchain startup Tech Bureau unveils new core Catapult and raises US$ 6.6 million to fund Zaif Bitcoin Exchange
Japanese banks are set for embracing Bitcoin after proposed new laws. Has Bitcoin finally come of age in the land of the rising sun?
The Central Banks of Japan and Europe have imposed negative interest rates on deposits. Would these blunt monetary tools of Central Bankers be effective if bitcoin adoption becomes widespread?
Legislative revisions see Bitcoin recognised as a legal and legitimate form of payment in Japan.
Financial regulators in Japan proposed to recognise cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as legitimate methods of payment on par with fiat money.
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