Ripple In Partnership with 80% of Japanese Banks, Study Reveals

A surprising study reveals 80% of Japanese banks have partnered with Ripple, a blockchain company aiming to revolutionize global payments.

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  • A whopping 80% of Japanese banks have partnered with a blockchain company to revolutionize payments.
  • Lower fees and streamlined operations could have meant big savings for both banks and their customers.
  • Major banks worldwide have not been left behind and have jumped on board to improve their cross-border transactions.

Japanese banks are making a surprising leap forward. A study by industry experts reveals that a staggering 80% of Japanese banks have partnered with Ripple, a company using blockchain technology to revolutionize global payments. This signifies a major step towards integrating cryptocurrency into traditional finance (TradFi).

Japanese Banks Go Digital with Ripple

While the initial adoption rate may seem surprising, the reasons behind it become clear when examining Ripple’s technology. Ripple offers a faster and more cost-effective alternative to traditional international payments, a pain point for many institutions. 


Transactions on the XRP Ledger are completed in seconds, significantly faster than the lengthy processing times often experienced in traditional banking. Beyond speed, Ripple boasts low transaction costs and an energy-efficient model, allowing banks to streamline operations and reduce overhead. 

The network’s scalability, handling thousands of transactions per second, ensures smooth operation during peak demand. One key example of this transformation is the partnership between SBI Holdings and Ripple, established in 2016. 

This collaboration led to the formation of SBI Ripple Asia, a joint venture specifically focused on leveraging Ripple’s technology to improve cross-border payments across the Asia-Pacific region. 

Ripple’s Global Reach

SBI Holdings has been a strong advocate for Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) product, which utilizes the XRP cryptocurrency to facilitate instant and cost-effective international payments. However, Ripple’s impact isn’t limited to Japan. 


Major financial institutions worldwide, including Santander (UK), CIBC (Canada), Kotak Mahindra Bank (India), and Itaú Unibanco (Brazil), have partnered with the company to streamline their cross-border transactions. 

This global adoption is further reflected in a recent report showing a significant rise in active users on the XRP Ledger, alongside a surge in transactions compared to the previous year. Looking ahead, Ripple’s ambitions extend beyond traditional finance. 

The company’s Chief Technology Officer, David Schwartz, has hinted at exploring the potential of integrating decentralized finance protocols with TradFi institutions. This could potentially combine the innovation and open access of DeFi with the regulatory compliance and security of traditional finance, paving the way for a significant shift in the financial services industry.

On the Flipside

  • The legal status of XRP remains unclear in some regions. This uncertainty could hinder further adoption by banks.
  • Integrating Ripple’s technology may require significant changes to existing bank infrastructure, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Why This Matters

The widespread adoption of Ripple by Japanese banks, a traditionally conservative industry, signifies a major turning point for blockchain technology in mainstream finance. This paves the way for faster, cheaper, and more efficient global payments, potentially influencing other financial institutions to follow suit and impacting the entire financial landscape.

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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.