The future of Bitcoin in Japan
Bitcoin - the cryptocurrency devised by mysterious inventor Satoshi Nakamoto - is one of the most exciting financial news stories of recent years. Its underlying technology, the blockchain, promises a completely secure and decentralized form of payments with the potential to upend finance as we know it. The creation of Bitcoin has inspired a wave of interest in fintech, or financial technology.
Japan is making a big effort to join the fintech bandwagon, passing a series of changes to its strict banking laws, designed to make it easier for banks to invest in fintech and for startups to get regulatory permission to experiment. Among those changes is the recent start of formal regulation for bitcoin exchanges - a development that will make it easier to persuade investors and institutions to experiment with blockchain.
Mike Kayamori, chief executive of Singapore-based Quoine, is one of those hoping to succeed in the Japanese market with his Quoinex Bitcoin exchange. Mr. Kayamori will discuss the prospects for Bitcoin in Japan; its potential as a payment system rather than just an investment medium; and, the many issues surrounding the safety, stability and transparency of the still-young cryptocurrency.
Prior to founding Quoine in 2014, Mr. Kayamori helped manage SoftBank's investments in Asia, and was chief investment officer of Gungho Asia. He began his career with Mitsubishi Corporation where he worked on new businesses including the establishment of Natural Lawson, as well as the joint venture with Boots to create Boots MC.
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