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Japan's Financial Watchdog Proposes Stricter P2P Crypto Rules

The country's top financial authority, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has just dropped a bombshell
By Josefina Dipaolo
February 15, 2024

Japan’s financial landscape is poised for potential shifts as the country's principal financial watchdog, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), steps into action. In a recent announcement, the FSA unveiled a series of proposed measures set to impact the peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions market, sparking both interest and concern among stakeholders.

The FSA, in collaboration with the National Police Agency (NPA), has issued a formal request to Japanese banks, citing a concerning rise in fraudulent transactions with ties to crypto assets. Among the recommended initiatives is a call for heightened monitoring of unlawful transfers to crypto-asset exchange service providers, emphasizing the need for increased vigilance to curb fraudulent activities.

However, it's the second proposed measure that has garnered significant attention. The FSA suggests halting transfers to crypto-asset exchange service providers if the sender's name differs from the account name, a move that could potentially disrupt the P2P market dynamics. This recommendation, if implemented, poses a notable challenge for P2P platforms where transactions often involve different names on fiat and crypto ends.

Notably, these proposals are framed as recommendations rather than mandatory requirements, aimed at encouraging proactive measures from banks rather than imposing strict obligations. Yet, uncertainties loom over the response of banks to these recommendations and the subsequent impact on the P2P market.

In parallel developments, Japan has been making strides in fostering a conducive environment for the blockchain and crypto sectors. Last year, the National Tax Agency revised its law to exempt crypto token issuers from 30% corporate taxes on unrealized gains, signaling a concerted effort to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship in these domains.

Moreover, recent proposals by the FSA aim to provide clarity on the legal framework surrounding Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), reflecting a proactive stance towards embracing emerging technologies. The proposed amendment seeks to streamline operations and grant specific token types akin to regular limited liability company (LLC) member rights, offering a glimpse into Japan's evolving regulatory landscape.

As Japan navigates the intersection of finance, technology, and regulation, stakeholders await further developments with keen interest, mindful of the potential implications for the evolving crypto ecosystem and P2P transactions market.

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