Crypto donations to political campaigns in Japan will not be regulated according to the politician Ms. Sanae Takaichi. This decision adds to Japan’s liberal stance on digital assets and opens the doors for new types of funding as we are about to read in the altcoin news below.
Japan sees the existence of digital coins but it does not consider them as legal tender. The regulations of crypto donations will affect fiat money and stock so when a political party receives crypto funds will perfectly legal. There is also no requirement to disclose the holdings as a part of the campaign transparency laws. Japanese politicians may become crypto-rich with zero limitations. Switching to fiat will mean that the donation falls under the rules for disclosure. Japan is really strict when it comes to exchanges but the market operators were left to run trades even before becoming compliant. The country allows free exchanges between Japanese fiat and crypto but it only requires a valid local bank account and ID. The retail giant Rakuten launched a limited crypto exchange via the Rakuten Wallet which gives access to BTC and Ethereum.
Regulators have worked to build stricter requirement bodies for digital asset exchanges. The country has been in the arena of some of the biggest failures including the Mt.Gox case which still has to repay BTC for the customers. The Coincheck exchange is another failure that we heard of where more than $600 million were lost. The Japanese financial services authority monitors the exchange’s activity as the Japanese yen remains one of the most important inflows of fiat into Bitcoin as mentioned in the analysis in the previous blockchain news.
The Japanese crypto sector will gain a self-regulatory status with this decision and will define its own trading limits according to the local media reports. at the end of September, the FSA gave a mandate to the Japan Virtual Currency exchange association to propose rules for self-regulation. The association consists of 16 registered exchanges including Zaif and BitFlyer. Despite the potential self-regulatory status of crypto entities, Japan remains a risky market with many requirements.
Privacy-Focused Zcash Demands Access To Ethereum’s DeFi Ecosystem
“Connecting to other chains doesn’t seem to be an Ethereum developer’s priority, but other chains seem to want to connect to Ethereum.”The developers all over the world have been working on interoperability solutions just so they can enable different networks and to be able to interact more efficiently in an attempt to eradicate the existing issues in regard to scalability and speed. Related to this matter, the VP of marketing and business development at Electric Coin Company Josh Swihart, explained that the Zcash community will develop a wrapped ZEC token that can be used on the Ethereum blockchain network by saying:
“If you want to do lending, if you want to do DAOs [decentralized autonomous organizations], all of that stuff could be done with Zcash as well … Ultimately, we want Zcash shielded [addresses] to be usable in Ethereum smart contracts.”The ZCash Foundation board member Ian Miers explained the issue of why decentralized app creators might want to protect their addresses and smart contracts. However, as previously reported in the blockchain news, the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange UpBit stopped the trading support for six cryptocurrencies including Zcash. The exchange decided to delist these six privacy coins in order to block the possibility of money laundering and the influx of external networks. Also, a few days ago, the OKEx crypto exchange confirmed that they will also stop the trading of Zcash and other privacy-oriented digital assets. the exchange made clear that all of the coins fall short on the new guidelines that were set out by the intergovernmental body which is the Financial Action Taskforce.
Russia Sees No Benefit In Launching National Crypto Assets
“Not only for technological reasons but also because it is [difficult] to really estimate what advantages will the national digital currency give, for example, in comparison with existing electronic non-cash payments. There are many risks, and the advantages may not be obvious enough.”Nabiullina previously stated that although there is an incentive to go crypto, the society will not be open to give up cash for digital alternatives. However, there are some signs of cash going obsolete such as in China but there are also signs of heavy reliance on physical cash in places of the world where privacy is valued or where there isn’t a good internet connection. While Russia’s central bank does not see the benefits by launching a CBDC, there is one potential benefit that might please the financial incumbents. The New York professor and economist Nouriel Roubini last year stated the central bank digital currencies:
“CBDCs [are] likely [going to] replace all private digital payment systems. By allowing any individual to make transactions through the central bank. CBDCs would upend this arrangement, alleviating the need for cash, traditional bank accounts, and even digital payment services.”As per the latest crypto news, some crypto banks are acknowledging his point and the Finance Minister of Germany and France already believe that the European Union should launch their own cryptocurrency as a response to Facebook’s Libra.
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