Ripple joins forces with Japanese bank card issuers

This news has great influence on Ripple price; XRP gained almost 12% in last 24h
27 December 2017   7734

SBI Ripple Asia, a joint venture of the Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings and the Californian startup Ripple, is forming an association whose participants intend to use blockchain technology to create a single transaction register made using bank cards. This is reported by the Nikkei.

The new association will begin operating activities in January next year. It is expected that by this time about 10 issuers of bank cards will enter it, including JCB, Sumitomo Mitsui Card and Credit Saison.

The project participants count on the fact that distributed ledger technology can help reduce costs and improve the efficiency of business processes in the banking card industry as a whole. In addition, the block will be used to identify customers, combat illegal transactions, issue their own virtual currencies, etc.

This news had great impact on the Ripple price. XRP gained almost 12% in last 24h.

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At the moment of press, these are the main Ripple market parameters:

  • Average price $1,26 
  • Market Cap $48 802 799 895
  • 24h Trading Volume $1 566 100 000

The most of the XRP is being traded at:

  1. Bithumb 32.43%
  2. Binance 8.69%
  3. Poloniex 7.82%

Blockchain roundtable organized in Japan

Japan`s regulator, Financial Services Agency (FSA) has opened some details of the closed-doors roundtable
21 March 2018   77

This meeting was arranged for regulators and central banks from many countries and it was connected with a wide multilateral joint research project on blockchain technology. The private conference was held on March 8 and 9, then FSA confirmed its report on Monday.

The financial regulators and central banks from a number of countries met Japanese and foreign academic institutions at the FSA-hosted roundtable. The representatives of the central banks of Singapore, Canada and Japan faced the financial regulators from the UK, France, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and the Australian security regulator. They discussed their points of view on the possibilities and disadvantages of the public (open) blockchain technology.

The FSA declared that the roundtable should definitely reveal the blockchain`s peculiar risks and opportunities. Also this financial regulator constantly researches possible weak spots of the public blockchain technology, relevant questions of its security and technical perspectives.

The list of subjects which were discussed at the roundtable includes the “Blockchain innovation and responsible user protection”, “Potential of blockchain”, “Blockchain tests and use cases - jurisdictional Proof of Concept” among others.

The FSA added that despite many details of the closed-door discussion stay under wraps, some common positions and challenges may be shared with the public while agreed upon by all the participants.

The banking market in Japan is aimed to be the largest consumer-end implementation of blockchain tech through a consumer payments application powered by Ripple. Therefore the largest central banks in the world were told cryptocurrencies “do not pose risks to global financial stability” during the ongoing G20 summit in Argentina by the international Financial Stability Board.