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Japan’s Largest Bank Taps Binance to Issue Yen-Backed Stablecoins

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In Brief

  • Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Bank will allow Binance to issue stablecoins on its compliant Progmat platform for B2B exchanges.
  • The exchange will join Japan's ORIX Bank, which is authorized to launch dollar and yen-backed stablecoins via Progmat in 2024.
  • The move could provide Binance with liquidity as exchange activity remains muted amid several lawsuits the exchange is facing.
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Japan’s largest financial institution, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Bank, will collaborate with Binance to issue new stablecoins in line with new regulations. Japanese bank ORIX Bank will launch yen and US dollar-backed stablecoins in 2024.

Binance qualified as an issuance partner because it already holds a license to serve traders in Japan. Other companies can issue stablecoins when the Financial Services Agency of Japan approves their license applications.

Banks Expected to Drive Large Stablecoin Volumes

According to information released in June, platforms like Mitsubishi’s will allow stablecoins backed by Japanese yen and US dollars to be issued on public networks like Ethereum and Polygon in line with Japanese regulations. Mitsubishi developed its Progmat platform in line with the Japanese government’s “Revised Funds Settlement Act.”

The legislation, passed in 2022, recognizes stablecoins as a new electronic payment method. Consequently, banks, trust companies, and transfer operators can issue them. However, asset-circulating companies require a separate license to do so.

Companies can now use new coins to streamline foreign trade transactions, bypassing Japan’s internal banking network. Following this development, the announcement made in June provided further clarification.

It confirmed that businesses have the capability to use coins they issue through Progmat not only for the purpose of purchasing non-fungible tokens (NFTs), but also for acquiring digital securities.

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Businesses are expected to drive the most stablecoin transactions, as B2B volume accounts for around 1,000 trillion yen ($6.7 trillion).

Binance Could Receive Much-Needed Inflows

The Mitsubishi-Binance deal comes at a time of muted stablecoin activity on exchanges, according to a report by CCData. Regarding Binance, volumes of its BUSD stablecoin fell after New York regulators ordered issuer Paxos to stop minting the coin.

Binance Mitsubishi Stablecoin low market activity
CCData confirms muted trading activity in prolonged bear market | Source: CCData

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The boost from B2B business activity in Japan could offer the exchange some much-needed liquidity as it loses market share in some Western jurisdictions, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Cyprus. Its US business has seen a 90% decline in trading volumes after actions by US regulators.

In the meantime, trading volume for PayPal’s new PYUSD stablecoin rose by 400% between August and September. Incidentally, Paxos is the issuer of the new stablecoin.

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David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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