Is a major Japanese financial institution developing its own digital currency?
As reported by The Asahi Shimbun today, MUFG coin is expected to become available in late 2017, a release that would allow users to withdraw digital currency from its ATM network onto a mobile device.
The news source wrote:
Yet in statements to CoinDesk, representatives of MUFG have long distanced themselves from the idea that the company is seeking to issue a digital currency.
In February, representatives from MUFG said that the MUFG coin project as described in the original Asahi Shimbun report did not exist.
While not as clear in comments made today, a spokesperson suggested that MUFG is still weighing how it might move its blockchain technology experiments forward.
The spokesperson told CoinDesk:
Nonetheless, the digital currency rumors come at a time when MUFG is exploring blockchain technology applications to its business needs. In April, MUFG revealed it was working on a proof-of-concept centered on the delivery of promissory notes.
The partnership with blockchain startup Chain followed MUFG’s decision to join distributed ledger consortium R3 in September 2015.
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