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Japanese internet giant GMO has launched a service to allow customers to lend their bitcoins to the company. Customers’ bitcoin balances will be debited from their GMO Coin trading accounts once loan agreements have been reached. This program is similar to the one launched by the hacked exchange Coincheck last year.
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The Nikkei Asian Review has reported that Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has warned leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance that it will face criminal charges if it continues its Japanese operations without a license. Binance’s chief executive officer has described the report as “irresponsible,” stating that the exchange is engaging in “constructive” dialogue” with the FSA.
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Analysts Yoshiyuki Suimon and Kazuki Miyamoto claim bitcoin will assist Japan in a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) boost of 0.3% heading into the first three months of 2018. At the end of 2017, the cryptocurrency boasted a ¥12 trillion market capitalization, and if trends continue into early this year, that could translate into lifting Japanese personal consumption by anywhere from ¥0.2 to ¥0.4 billion, they explain, referring to the phenomenon as the bitcoin effect.
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