Circle to Capitalize on Japan’s New Stablecoin Legislation

Circle explores stablecoin opportunities in Japan following the country’s new legislation, attracting attention from financial institutions.

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  • Circle has set its sights on Japan as its next target market for expansion.
  • The Financial Services Agency of Japan has lifted its ban on overseas stablecoins.
  • Jeremy Allaire has shared his valuable insights on the regulatory changes in Japan.  

Circle, a notable stablecoin issuer, is currently contemplating the prospect of introducing a stablecoin within the Japanese market. This decision comes in light of recent legislation passed by the Japanese government to regulate stablecoins. 

Circle’s CEO Sees Potential in Japan’s Stablecoin Legislation

The implementation of this new law has piqued the interest of Jeremy Allaire, co-founder and CEO of Circle. During an interview, Allaire expressed his belief that if stablecoins were to gain widespread adoption in international trade and global transactions, Japan could emerge as a substantial market for such digital assets.

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The stablecoin bill enacted by Japan assumes paramount significance as it establishes a comprehensive framework for utilizing stablecoins from foreign jurisdictions. Allaire views this development as a favorable stride taken by the government in tandem with the Financial Services Agency. 

With a keen interest in forging partnerships within Japan, Circle has already taken proactive measures, as evidenced by Allaire’s recent visit to the country.

Thanks to the revised Payment Services Act in Japan, stablecoins backed by legal tender are now accorded the status of an “electronic payment method.” This signifies that stablecoins can be both issued and utilized within Japan.

The issuance of stablecoins within Japan is subject to stringent regulatory guidelines. These regulations stipulate that stablecoins must be pegged to the Japanese yen or any other officially recognized legal tender. 

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Additionally, issuers must guarantee the redeemability of stablecoins at their designated value. The privilege of issuing stablecoins in Japan is reserved exclusively for licensed financial institutions, including banks, money transfer agents, and trust companies.

On the Flipside

  • The strict regulations imposed on stablecoin issuers in Japan, such as tying them to the Japanese yen and ensuring redemption at face value, could limit innovation and hinder the growth of the stablecoin market in the country.
  • The push for stablecoins in Japan for Circle might be driven more by the self-interest of financial institutions and industry players rather than genuine benefits to the general public.

Why This Matters

With Japan establishing a comprehensive framework and opening doors for stablecoin usage, this development not only enhances the country’s position as a potential market for stablecoins but also sets a precedent for other nations to embrace and regulate these innovative financial instruments.

To learn more about the proposal for a government-endorsed stablecoin in Hong Kong, read here:

Hong Kong Academics Push for Government-Endorsed Stablecoin Proposal

To stay updated on the recent 2 percent dip in USDC supply over the July 4 weekend, read here:

USDC Experiences 2% Dip in Supply Over July 4 Weekend

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.