Japan to Call for G20 Action on Crypto Money Laundering

Japan is reportedly planning to use the G20 meeting next week to call for combined efforts to combat cryptocurrency use in money laundering.

AccessTimeIconMar 13, 2018 at 1:20 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 7:40 a.m. UTC
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Japan is reportedly planning to use a G20 meeting next week to call for combined regulatory efforts to combat the use of cryptocurrencies in money laundering.

The news comes via a Reuters report citing a government official with knowledge of the situation. However, the likelihood of the G20 finance chiefs uniting on new international rules are not high, the official said, as different countries approach regulation of cryptocurrencies in a variety of ways.

"The general feeling among the G20 members is that applying too stringent regulations won’t be good," an official was quoted as saying.

The G20 meeting will take place in Buenos Aires from March 19–20.

If Japan makes the call for cooperative action on cryptocurrencies, the nation will likely not be alone.

On Feb. 9, senior officials from France and Germany also called for the G20 group to discuss combined action on cryptocurrencies.

In a letter to the Argentinian government – which currently holds the presidency of the G20 – French finance minister Bruno Le Maire, German finance minister Peter Altmaier, and the heads of their respective central banks, expressed concerns about the risk of cryptocurrencies for investors.

A week earlier, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also indicated he would raise the subject of cryptocurrency regulation during an upcoming G20 summit. Like Japan, he raised the issue of cryptocurrency use in money laundering and other illicit activities.

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