December 3rd, 2018
Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is reportedly set to introduce a regulatory framework governing initial coin offerings (ICOs).
FSA to Limit Participation Capabilities
Citing sources familiar to the matter, local Japanese media Jiji Press reports that the country’s Financial Services Agency is set to introduce regulations on initial coin offerings.
The financial watchdog will submit revision bills for the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, as well as to the Payment Services Law beginning in January 2019.
Purportedly, one of the new provisions will limit the amounts of money individuals will be able to invest in initial coin offerings in order to increase protection.
Additionally, the financial watchdog will also supposedly require ICO projects, which launch their own cryptocurrencies, to register with the agency in advance.
Japan’s Position in the Field
Investor protection is amongst the widely discussed points of Japan’s regulatory agenda. Earlier in October, Bitcoinist reported that the country intends to limit the leverage for cryptocurrency margin trading in order to reduce the risk of massive losses associated with the high volatility of digital currencies.
On the path to creating a robust cryptocurrency trading environment, the country’s FSA recently said that it doesn’t consider stablecoins to be in the same category as cryptocurrencies.
According to the regulator, stablecoins fail to meet the criteria for cryptocurrency as the lack of a uniform set of characteristics makes it impossible to categorize them. This is important because it would put these tokens out of JVCEA’s regulatory purview.
Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) is an entity comprised of the executive officers of the cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. Among its tasks is to guarantee that cryptocurrency exchanges follow and abide by the existing regulatory requirements. At the same time, JVCEA is allowed to punish non-conforming operators.
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