Japan revises regulatory framework to allow startups to raise capital via digital assets
The revision allows startups to take investments from funds in exchange for digital assets instead of traditional stocks or securities.
The Japanese government is set to adjust regulatory frameworks, enabling startups to raise funds by issuing digital assets to investors, according to a report from Nikkei.
The revision applies to startups receiving investments from investment funds, which may receive their stakes in digital assets instead of traditional stocks or securities. The decision highlights Japan’s ongoing efforts to diversify capital-raising platforms for its domestic startups, aligning itself with the global trend of embracing digital assets.
This development follows the trail of a series of crypto-friendly initiatives taken by the Japanese government, particularly under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration. In his address at the WebX Asia conference, Kishida emphasized his government’s commitment to promoting Web3 as a disruptive force that can stimulate social transformation, aligning with his broader vision of fostering a “new capitalism.”
Cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan, led by the Japan Virtual and Crypto Assets Exchange Association (JVCEA), have also been pushing for relaxed regulations in the country. Despite maintaining strict crypto regulations, Japan has also made strides to establish itself as a crypto-friendly country, lifting bans on foreign-issued stablecoins, launching a central bank digital currency pilot program, and funding metaverse and NFT-related projects.
However, Japan’s approach to crypto regulation has always been a delicate balance. Despite the crypto-friendly moves, the regulatory framework has also been tightened in areas such as customer information sharing by crypto exchanges to curb money laundering activities.
The latest shift in policy offering startups the option to issue crypto assets for funding could be an inflection point in Japan’s march toward becoming a crypto-friendly nation. It not only signifies a leap in the country’s crypto regulatory landscape but also highlights a tangible way in which digital assets can reshape traditional financial mechanisms.
Jacob Oliver is a recovering academic and English teacher turned crypto journalist and web3 writer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
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