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Bitcoin Price Hits $1,130, Japan Legalizes Bitcoin, Scaling Progress

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Bitcoin price surpassed $1,130 on most global Bitcoin exchanges including Bitfinex and Bitstamp earlier today as a result of the Japanese government’s recognition of Bitcoin as a legal paymentmethod under its new set of regulatory frameworks.

On April 1, a Bitcoin legalization bill drafted and proposed by the Japanese Financial System Council (FSC) was taken into full effect. According to The Japan Times, the bill was proposed in December of 2015 with the intent of preventing unregulated Bitcoin exchanges like Mt. Gox from mishandling user funds and operating with weak Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) systems.

In 2015, the FSC noted that the proposed bill would require Bitcoin exchanges and service providers to be approved by the country’s largest financial regulator the Financial Services Agency before offering services to the public. The approval process entails an extensive overview of KYC and AML systems.

Since then, the FSC has been collaborating with the Financial Service Agency and other lawmakers to draft appropriate and practical regulatory frameworks for Bitcoin exchanges and companies in order to recognize Bitcoin as a legal payment method within the country. On April 1, the bill was activated and Japan officially recognized Bitcoin as a legal tender.

Almost immediately after the bill was taken into full effect, Bitcoin price began to surge. More importantly, the activation of the bill meant that consumption tax for Bitcoin trading will be exempted starting July of 2017. The official legalization of Bitcoin and the exemption of tax for traders led to the surge of price in the Japanese market and the global Bitcoin exchange market.

The surge in Bitcoin price within the Japanese Bitcoin exchange market most likely had a significant impact on the global Bitcoin exchange market due to Japan’s 34.46 percent market share over the global market. According to various sources, the Japanese Bitcoin exchange market handles over $120 mln in daily trading volume.

Bitcoin market last 24 hours

Bitcoin price in most major Bitcoin exchanges including Bitfinex surpassed the $1,133 mark earlier today, helping Bitcoin price to recover from a week-long decline resulting from the unresolved scalability issues of Bitcoin.

Bitstamp

With positive regulatory approach coming from Bitcoin’s largest exchange market and Segregated Witness (SegWit) activation nearing as the 95 percent activation threshold is close to being met, Bitcoin price is expected to increase by large margins in the mid-term.

The likelihood of SegWit being activated on Litecoin allowed the digital currency to surge substantially in terms of market cap. Analysts expect to see a similar trend in Bitcoin in the upcoming weeks.

Japanese retailers quickly embracing bitcoin payments

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TOKYO -- Two Japanese retailing groups soon will accept bitcoin payments, a move that is likely to promote wider use of the virtual currency among domestic consumers.

Electronics chain Bic Camera is teaming up with Tokyo-based bitFlyer, which runs the largest Japanese bitcoin exchange. This Friday, they will begin a trial run of bitFlyer's bitcoin payment system at Bic Camera's flagship shop in Tokyo's Yurakucho district and at Bicqlo Bic Camera, the hybrid outlet with Uniqlo located in Shinjuku.

Customers are allowed to pay up to 100,000 yen ($904) using the cryptocurrency, and they will also get reward points at the same rate as for cash payments. Bic Camera may introduce the payment system at other locations based on usage trends at the two Tokyo stores.

Recruit Lifestyle, the retail support arm of human resources conglomerate Recruit Holdings, is partnering with another Tokyo bitcoin exchange operator, Coincheck. The virtual currency will become a payment option at shops that have adopted AirRegi, the point-of-sale app developed by Recruit Lifestyle, by this summer.

By using tablets or other devices provided by the store and one's own smartphone, the customer can deduct the amount on the bill from the designated bitcoin account. Coincheck will convert the bitcoins into yen and transfer the funds to the store.

AirRegi is used at 260,000 eateries and other retail locations nationwide. Businesses can choose to install the bitcoin payment system alone. The app is also compatible with Alipay, the payment platform developed by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding that is used by many Chinese tourists visiting Japan. The addition of bitcoin will further diversify settlement options.

Currently, there are only about 4,500 stores in Japan that accept bitcoin as payment. Besides cash payments, Suica, Rakuten's Edy and other electronic payment methods have taken the lead instead. The addition of AirRegi shops and Bic Camera outlets will multiply the number of bitcoin-compatible stores to around 260,000, a scale nearing the 380,000 outlets that accept Suica and the 470,000 locations where Edy can be used.

More than 20 million people worldwide use bitcoin, and the monthly trading volume has grown to 12 trillion yen. But more than 80% of those users are in North America and Europe. Bitcoin has chiefly been traded for investment purposes because its value fluctuates, but it is also increasingly used by overseas travelers since one can make payments without exchanging currencies.

In addition to improving convenience for foreigners visiting Japan, the increase of bitcoin-friendly outlets here could expand the number of Japanese consumers with bitcoin accounts.

Tax relief and stepped-up regulations to ensure security probably will give the domestic virtual currency market a lift. Japan began classifying virtual currency as a payment method last Saturday, and cryptocurrency exchanges are now required to register with the government. Starting in July, purchases of virtual currency will be exempt from the consumption tax.

原文链接:

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Consumers/Japanese-retailers-quickly-embracing-bitcoin-payments?page=1

https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-price-hits-1130-japan-legalizes-bitcoin-scaling-progress


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