Japan: Bitcoin #1

October 7, 2017

Despite Japan’s accounting for half of the worldwide bitcoin trading volume daily (yes, half !), I could not locate any substantial research on this fascinating phenomenon. Frustrated by this absence, I decided to write a book about it.

A primer on the world’s leading country for bitcoin and blockchain adoption

Japan, the world’s third largest economy, has emerged as one of the key players in the cryptocurrency market space. Establishing a clear regulatory framework has fostered an atmosphere of legitimacy in which consumers and businesses alike feel increasingly comfortable to operate. In April 2017, the Japanese government defined bitcoin as a legitimate means of payment, leading to dramatically accelerated adoption of cryptocurrency.

Japan: Bitcoin #1 explores the primary drivers for adoption of cryptocurrency, predominantly bitcoin, in Japan. It explains why Japan surpasses every other developed nation in cryptocurrency. All of the blockchain actors are discussed, including startups, investors, associations, and regulatory bodies. Furthermore, we explore how Japan possesses the key ingredients to remain a global leader in crypto-assets and blockchain innovation. Special thanks to Nai Tsu Chen for helping with much of the heavy lifting on this effort.

Profits from the sale of this book are directed to Japan’s Tohoku region, still rebuilding from the 2011 tsunami.

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posted in technology, venture capital by mark bivens

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