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Wednesday, June 05, 2019, 12:00 - 13:30



Mark Karpelès, Former CEO of Mt. Gox

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.


Mark Karpeles was CEO of what was once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox. The exchange collapsed in 2014 after the hacking of 650,000 bitcoins. In 2015, Karpeles was arrested and held for 11 months without bail on three criminal charges, as police tried to force him to confess to taking the missing bitcoins. Last year, he was found not guilty of two charges — a rare victory in Japan where post-indictment conviction rates are 99% - but guilty of one charge for which he received a suspended sentence. The Japanese police have officially closed the case without capturing the alleged hacker, now being held in Greece awaiting extradition to France.

During his detention, Karpeles had much time to think about Bitcoin and the future of cryptocurrencies, which he has now captured in a new book. He will share his thoughts on all, as well as the Japanese judicial system, in a professional lunch on Wednesday.


Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The luncheon charge for Regular and Professional associate members is 1,800 yen; for Associates 2,800 yen; and for non-members 3,800 yen. Lunch reservations will be limited to the first 50 applicants and must be cancelled by 12:00, Tuesday, June 4, not to incur charges. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Please note lunch will not be served after the speech begins. For non-members, payment can be made at the Front Desk by cash or credit card. *お食事は先着50名様まで、64日(火)12:00以降のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。非会員の方はフロントデスクにて現金またはクレジットカードでのお支払いが可能です。

* FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.ご予約と当日のお席/TVカメラのセッティングポジションについてはFCCJの会員が優先されること、テレビは系列1社1台となりますので、ご了承ください。

Doors open for TV crew only at 11:15, all others at 11:45 and livestreaming of this event is available on our website(

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