Japanese financial regulator issues warning over ICO

According to Japan's financial regulator, ICOs may fall under the requirements of the law on payment services and the law on financial instruments and exchanges
30 October 2017   1476

The conduct of the initial coin offering (ICO) in Japan can be regulated by several existing laws. This is stated in the official statement of the Agency of Financial Services of Japan (FSA).

As the regulator explained, depending on its structure, ICOs may fall under the requirements of the law on payment services and the law on financial instruments and exchanges.

A certain token issued in an ICO falls under the virtual currency on the Payment Services Act, therefore the businesses which provide exchange services of virtual currencies on a regular basis must be registered with each Local Finance Bureau that is delegated authority to by the Prime Minister. If an ICO has the characteristics of an investment and the purchase of a token by a virtual currency is practically deemed equivalent of that by a legal tender, the ICO becomes subject to regulations under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act.
 

Japanese Financial Services Agency statement

Such a position of Japan's financial regulator is in many ways similar to the position taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last summer. 

Old Korean Social Network to Close After Tokensale

Cyworld platform started operating back in 1999 and it conducted an IEO at CoinZest this year
14 October 2019   49

Investors who acquired the clink cryptocurrency issued by the South Korean social network Cyworld are worried about the status of their investments due to the company's sudden closure, reports Korea Times. Some of them are ready to go to court.

The Cyworld platform was launched in 1999 and was especially popular among the country's population until the mid-2000s. The company, however, failed to see the trend towards the development of mobile solutions on time and as a result lost its position in the market. On October 1, it closed her platform without posting any warnings to users.

At the same time, the Clink site was unavailable, and Cyworld management continues to ignore the numerous requests of investors. The Korean exchanges CoinZest and BitSonic, where Clink is still being traded, are considering delisting the asset. Industry officials say Clink's investor losses will be at least 1 billion won ($ 845,000).

Clink's primary distribution was through IEO through the CoinZest platform earlier this year and, according to the Korea Times, it was the company's attempt to bring a fading social network back to life. A total of 24 million Clink tokens were sold for a total of 480 million won ($ 400,000).

In the second half of 2019, employees who have not received salaries since the end of 2018 began to leave the company en masse. Since the start of trading, the Clink price has fallen from 26 won to 0.19 won. According to the Coingecko portal, Clink's current capitalization and revolving volume are unknown, while the marginal issue volume is 10 billion units.