Japan

5 Notable Fintech Investments in Asia By Japan’s SoftBank

Since its inception, SoftBank Group Corp. has made a name for itself as a significant player in the tech startup industry. But it has been a tough year for the Japanese conglomerate and its CEO Masayoshi Son, as valuations for

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Coinbase Shutters Japan Operations, Users Have Until 16 Feb to Withdraw Assets

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said that it will be shuttering its operations in Japan and its users has until 16 February to withdraw their assets. All customers can withdraw their fiat currency and cryptocurrency holdings to other crypto service providers, Coinbase

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Adyen Debuts Its Unified Commerce Solution for Japanese Businesses

Adyen, a global payments firm for businesses, has announced the launch of its unified commerce solution in Japan for in-person payments. This will enable Japanese businesses to optimise their authorisation rates, block fraud, and provide seamless cross-channel journeys. The unified

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Binance Bags First License in East Asia Through Acquisition of Japan’s Sakura

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced it has acquired 100% of Sakura Exchange BitCoin (SEBC), a Japanese crypto exchange service provider. Terms of the transaction was not disclosed. Through this acquisition, Binance enters the Japanese market, as a Japan Financial Services Agency

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Tokyo and New York Bourses Sign Agreement to Support Cross-Border Investment

Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced a new agreement to support cross-border investment between the U.S. and Japan during Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to the NYSE. The agreement focuses on three key

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Animoca Brands Japan Raises US$45 Million From Parent Firm and MUFG

Animoca Brands’ Japanese subsidiary announced that it has raised a total of US$45 million to increase the value and utility of its branded content while fostering the development of a safe and secure NFT ecosystem in the country. The investment

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Alex Clavel Appointed as CEO of SoftBank Group International

Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank announced that Alex Clavel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SBGI effective June 30, 2022. Clavel is currently the Managing Partner at SoftBank Group International (SBGI) and will succeed Michel Combes, who has decided

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LINE Launches NFT Marketplace in Japan

LVC Corporation, the operator of LINE’s crypto asset and blockchain businesses, announced that it has launched a non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace available only in Japan called LINE NFT. From today onwards, the marketplace will offer around 40,000 NFT products for

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PayPal Makes Japanese BNPL Play With Paidy Acquisition for US$2.7 Billion

PayPal announced that it has agreed to acquire Paidy, a Japanese buy now pay later solutions (BNPL), for ¥300 billion (approximately US$2.7 billion) and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. The acquisition will expand

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Coinbase Inks Deal With MUFG To Set Up a Crypto Exchange in Japan

US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has signed a deal with banking giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) to begin digital asset trading in Japan. “Our partnership with MUFG will help millions of people in Japan access our platform quickly and begin

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