Crypto Regulations Pass to Japan’s Upper House

Asia Blockchain Review
June 2, 2019

The lower house of Japan’s National Diet has passed draft regulations governing cryptocurrency to the upper house, according to a report from the Nikkei.

After being put to consideration in a plenary session of the legislature, the House of Representatives voted to pass the draft crypto regulations on to the House of Councillors.

The Nikkei stated that the amendments are being made with the aim of expanding Japanese regulations on the process of crypto trading. The financial laws being amended include the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and the Payment Services Act, while the new regulations will also recommend that the existing term ‘virtual currencies’ be changed to ‘crypto assets.’

Lawmakers in Japan initiated the discussion on introducing regulations on cryptocurrency margin trading earlier this year in March. The cabinet had earlier endorsed draft amendments to the two aforementioned laws.

The new regulations stated that cryptocurrency margin trading will be capped at 2 – 4 times the initial deposit. Margin trading is the utilization of funds borrowed from a broker with the aim of being used in financial asset trading, which then becomes collateral for the loan.

Back in April, Taro Aso, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, also called on local media to use the term ‘crypto assets’ instead of ‘virtual currencies.’


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