Japanese Regulators set new standards for local Crypto Exchanges

in cryptocurrency •  6 months ago

According to Cointelegraph, the FSA in Japan has updated their current regulatory guidelines for exchanges.

This is not surprising considering what happened with the Japanese based Coincheck, back in January.

If you do not recall, the Coincheck exchange was hacked to the tune of $532 million, which was the largest cryptocurrency exchange hack of all time.

It was a stern reminder that the current crypto wild west environment had to change, big time.

What are the recent updates/requirements from the FSA in Japan?

Besides just preventing a repeat of what happened with Coincheck, the FSA is requiring an updating of investor protection protocols just about at every corner.

Starting with the exchange's internal management systems.

Some of the main requirements are as follows:

  • Exchanges will be required to monitor customer accounts multiple times per day for suspicious fluctuations.
  • Exchanges will be required to hold client's assets separately from those of the exchange.
  • Exchanges will be required to store crypto assets in offline systems only.

These changes are on top of the increasing know your customer (KYC) and anti money laundering (AML) measures already being taken.

ID verification and multi password entries will also be required for large transfers.

Here's the big one in all of this...

Apart from all of that there was one big thing that is likely to effect crypto markets, especially for a handful of coins specifically.

The local exchanges in Japan will no longer be able to trade anonymous coins. Coins such as Dash and Monero are effectively being banned from government registered exchanges in Japan.

(Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/japans-financial-watchdog-sets-out-new-requirements-for-crypto-exchanges)

This likely does not affect peer-to-peer exchanges, but it appears that the big major government registered exchanges will no longer be able to make markets in the anonymous coins.

Special inspectors will be sent to exchanges from time to time to make sure they are compliant with these new guidelines mentioned above.

All of this amounts to increased costs for exchanges.

Krakan has already announced that they will no longer be doing business in Japan due to rising costs of compliance.

Though costly, these new measures will provide a safer environment for investors and as measures like these get adopted globally, the odds of institutional type investors getting involved in the space increases substantially.

Which means overall, these are likely good things for the space.

Stay informed my friends.

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"Coins such as Dash and Monero are effectively being banned from government registered exchanges in Japan."

This will be standard procedure in most jurisdictions very soon. Anon cryptos will thrive on real DEXes, but will not be allowed on most regulated marketplaces.


My thoughts as well.

@jcornel Happy to read your post. Timely and informative. I think is a positive signal. The countries have to regulate the crypto.

Believe it or not this is progress. The establishment are trying to come to terms with crypto!

Decentralized exchanges are future..controll this!

This is very informative and important news for japan. I live in Asia. But my cousin is staying in Japan due to job. I will inform him the news if he don't know the news yet. Thanks @jrcornel.

with the rules made. will the price of btc will decrease

Goverments will always spread propaganda about private coins like dash and monero and fight them.They hate our privacy and they are used to controlling our every step.

Its crypto-friendly regulation has allowed many businesses to emerge, including the first Bitcoin exchange in the world

It's pitiful to hear that a trade had been hacked previously. All things considered, let's get straight to the point that crypto trade isn't simply the blockchain for novices. The fortunate thing about this is, Japanese controllers still have inspirational standpoint over crypto which very guarantees its reality for quite a while.

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regulations are important for big money to flow into the market.

With the exception of the ban of privacy coins, I think that these are good guidelines for participants in these exchanges. The exchanges should invest in improved internal controls that benefit their customers security. However, the move towards decentralized exchanges continue to be written on the wall.

Japan is taking a much more sensible approach to the crypto industry than many agencies and governments that want to take the "throw the baby out with the bath water" approach. We need to pay close attention to Japans ability to enact regulations that help clean up the industry. Bitcoin and solid cryptos are here to stay.

It's sad to hear that an exchange had been hacked before. Well, let's be clear that crypto exchange is not the blockchain itself for the sake of newbies. The good thing about this is, Japanese regulators still have positive outlook over crypto which quite assures its existence for a long time.

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This is something that is very useful for us

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Thanks, @jrcornel This is very informative for Japan and important news I live in Japan. Good news for us.

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Positive regulation like this is good for crypto. Good news!

Yes, in Japan they want for crypto to be regulated, so they can not be accused of anything later.

This is common in most experienced traders, but in Japan; where discipline is a very importante principle; they are really pushing for this

Well, maybe people from all over the world will see this and stop thinking of crypto as this 'illegal' thing that can make you rich.

Take care

Hi @jrcornel,

I enjoyed reading your post- it was very balanced and easy to understand.

I had heard that Japan was going to ban privacy coins a while back on the grapevine.

In your opinion how do you feel it will impact these coins? Is it an opportunity to stock up while the general adverse news effects the price negatively for a short while (if this is the case this time around?).

Alternatively, will Bitcoin and others (again we need to take into account the SEC considering ETH and XRP as potential securities) absorb their 'value' so to speak?

I guess my response has a lot going on in it- but I hope it makes sense?
Your thoughts would be much appreciated.


Yes, compliance rules will increase the costs of business. Also young Startups will have a harder time to develop and need more investments. On the other hand, the regulation will bring more stability for the crypto space.


Decentralized, Trustless, Governmentless exchanges for the win! :D

Not good, not bad, just the way it is with exchanges. But the anonymity idea of some cryptos is still there to stay.