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Coinbase Enters Japanese Market After Completing Registration With Financial Watchdog

The move paves the way for Coinbase to begin offering five major cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and ether.

Jun 24, 2021 at 3:53 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:16 p.m. UTC

U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is entering the Japanese market, quietly rather than with a bang.

As originally reported by CoinDesk Japan last week, the Nasdaq-listed exchange's subsidiary registered with the Financial Services Agency (FSA), the country's financial watchdog, on June 18.

The move paves the way for Coinbase to begin offering five major cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, ether, stellar, litecoin and bitcoin cash. More currencies are expected to be added once Coinbase's registration has been finalized.

Japan's strict crypto regulatory regime is not without its payoffs as it is one of the largest regions for trading in the world and a potentially lucrative venture for those keen enough to jump through the hoops.

Coinbase has been touting an entry into Japan for years and finally began making moves by engaging in a hiring spree across the country's capital of Tokyo last year.

In March 2020, Coinbase joined as a member of the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association, a self-regulatory organization approved by the FSA.

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