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Japan Crypto Exchanges May Scrap Rule of Screening Tokens Before Listing

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8 June 2022, 13:00 GMT+0000
Updated by Geraint Price
8 June 2022, 13:00 GMT+0000
In Brief
  • Crypto exchanges might no longer have to screen assets before listing.
  • The Kishida administration discussed changing the system with the Japan Virtual and Crypto Assets Exchange Association.
  • Japan could be on the way to forming a fuller framework.
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Crypto exchanges in Japan may no longer need to screen digital tokens before listing after the government expressed discontent with the current system.

The Japan Virtual and Crypto Assets Exchange Association (JVCEA), the authority overseeing crypto exchanges in the country, said that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration was unhappy with the current system.

Last month, a government panel on which the prime minister sits criticized the listing process for coins, saying “the certified self-regulatory organization tends to spend a long-time pre-screening” crypto assets and that it would “ease the criteria while being mindful of the need to protect users.”

The sources told Bloomberg that the governing body discussed whether local exchanges should list cryptocurrencies without a screening process. 

It will work on reviewing assets after they have been listed, as opposed to screening the assets before the listing. This includes considering whether exchanges should delist assets after trading has begun.

The approach to take will be decided by the end of the year and should result in a fairly significant change in how exchanges work. 

Liberalization of the rules would be a potential boost for foreign exchanges like Coinbase that have a broader knowledge of tokens than local firms. 

Japan exchange association released ‘green list’ of approved cryptos

The JVCEA also released a green list of 17 cryptocurrencies that member exchanges could list in one go. Previously, a new token was subjected to a six-month or more screening process. 

Like many other countries, Japan wants to put investor protection first. The Kishida administration has made this clear, saying that whatever criteria there are, they should be focused on protecting users.

Following the Terra incident, stablecoins have become a major talking point. Japan passed a significant law related to stablecoins that would protect investors and would allow regulated entities and agents to issue stablecoins from 2023.

Meanwhile, Japan is also working on its own central bank digital currency (CBDC). The country’s central bank is still in the very early stages of carrying out this experiment.


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