For the greater part of 2022, stablecoins have been a source of contention. However, Japan has taken a position that may influence the course of this story. For crypto investors residing in Japan, Japanese officials are evaluating potentially substantial limits on the use of stablecoins such as Tether USDT and USD Coin USDC.
Japan will simplify stablecoin operations in 2023.
According to the Nikkei, a Japanese news source, in 2023, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) will lift the restriction on the domestic circulation of foreign-issued stablecoins. If the limitation on foreign-issued stablecoins is abolished, the body in charge of stablecoins in the nation becomes the distributor by default. To protect the tokens’ value, distributors will handle them rather than the offshore issuers, according to the newspaper.
The country’s new stablecoin law would allow local exchanges to support stablecoin trade in return for asset preservation via deposits and a limit remittance amount. According to the paper, if the usage of stablecoins grows, international remittances might become speedier and less expensive.
In 2023, Japan will eliminate its restriction on foreign-issued stablecoins.
The guidance requires that issuers of stablecoins established inside the region must prepare guaranteed value-added assets and that issuers are confined to banks, registered transfer agents, trust organisations, and so on.
After December 26, the Financial Services Authority will start polling on the guidelines. According to the FSA, authorising stablecoin distribution in the country will demand new anti-money laundering rules. As previously reported, the country’s parliament passed legislation preventing non-banking companies from issuing stablecoins beginning in June 2022. Because no local exchanges currently provide trading in stablecoins like USDT or USDC, the new action will have a significant impact on the trading services accessible in the country.
According to official statistics, none of the 31 Japanese exchanges registered with the FSA, including BitFlyer and Coincheck, handled stablecoin trading as of November 30, 2022. Meanwhile, the maximum amount of remittances for such stablecoins is suggested to be 1 million yen, or $7,500 per transaction.
However, it is unclear which stablecoins will return to the Japanese market. One of the stablecoins to join the market might be the USDC created by the American corporation Circle. Tether (USDT), the largest stablecoin, might be another participant.
The current crypto ecosystem in Japan
Recently, Japanese authorities have started creating crypto-related rules. On December 15, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s tax committee approved a plan to exclude crypto firms from paying taxes on paper gains issued tokens. Local authorities had already warned against the usage of algorithmic stablecoins such as TerraUSD (UST).
The Web3 project team proposed eliminating the tax on paper gains in an intermediate policy proposal. It also included legislative recommendations for decentralised autonomous organisations (DAO) of the LLC variety, as well as support for the issuance of yen-based permissionless stablecoins, governance improvements are being implemented at the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association, which is in charge of token screening and auditing requirements for crypto firms. Furthermore, the Digital Agency of Japan said in November that it will establish its own decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) before obtaining its legal standing.
Furthermore, the Japanese Ministry of Economy has set up a web3 policy agency. Meanwhile, Binance has devised a strategy to re-enter the Japanese market. This follows a year of withdrawal from the market in response to warnings from domestic regulators. The top exchange by volume may purchase the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Sakura Exchange Bitcoin in an effort to re-enter the market.
Meanwhile, Square Enix and the crypto-heavyweight SBI announced a new collaboration. The Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed gaming firm and SBI agreed to a crypto gaming merger and acquisition deal. In addition to stablecoin legislation, officials are encouraging long-term collaboration with the country’s cryptocurrency miners. The partnership between Tokyo Electric Support (TEPCO) and equipment manufacturer TRIPLE-1 will use excess grid electricity to support bitcoin mining.