Japan Emerges as the World’s Foremost Hotbed of Bitcoin Trading (news.bitcoin.com)

Japan has emerged as the largest market for bitcoin trading by volume. This represents a shift from the market dominance controlled by China as a result of the Chinese government blanket banning exchange platforms. Japan, along with South Korea to some extent, now represent major hubs of crypto-finance across the globe. 
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Morningstar Japan Starts Ratings Business for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs (news.bitcoin.com)

The Japanese subsidiary of Morningstar has launched a new business to provide ratings of digital currencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). While there is no law in Japan specifically targeting ICOs, their tokens can be subject to various laws such as securities laws and consumer contract law.
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