Forty-two local and regional banks in Japan have joined a new blockchain consortium focused on cross-border payments.
Launched by financial services group SBI and a joint venture co-launched with distributed ledger startup Ripple, the consortium’s membership includes a wide range of both large and smaller institutions. The launch of the consortium comes days after SBI announced that it would establish its own digital currency exchange in Japan.
Those involved in the project plan to share resources and collaborate on a cross-border proof-of-concept, with an eye to create a basis for commercial-scale products next year.
SBI said in a statement:
SBI said that efforts to organize the consortium began in August, with an initial aim to launch with 15 member banks. The group’s ranks swelled following a period of “active responses” during the solicitation phase, the company said.
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