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Japanese Regulator Clarifies Stance on Bitcoin ETFs and Derivatives

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Japan’s top financial regulator has clarified to news.Bitcoin.com its stance on bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), cryptocurrency derivatives, and upcoming regulatory changes. This follows reports that the agency may be considering approving an ETF that tracks cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin ETFs and Derivatives

Following recent reports claiming that Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) may be considering approving one or more bitcoin ETFs, news.Bitcoin.com asked the country’s top financial regulator to confirm its plan regarding this type of investment instrument.

Japanese Regulator Clarifies Stance on Bitcoin ETFs and Derivatives

The FSA also confirmed its position on cryptocurrency derivatives. Regarding “the listing of bitcoin futures on the financial instruments market,” the regulator said, “We are not considering that at present.”

The agency explained its reasoning to news.Bitcoin.com, stating that based on findings of the Study Group on the Virtual Currency Exchange Services.

New Regulatory Direction

The FSA has recently published newly-proposed rules for crypto operators based on discussions and conclusions from 11 study group meetings. Self-regulation will play a major part in the ecosystem. In October, the agency approved the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (Jvcea) as a self-regulatory organization (SRO).

The association is expected to “perform self-regulatory functions in a flexible manner, considering issues we have identified so far,” the agency told news.Bitcoin.com.

The FSA proceeded to outline the issues it expects the SRO to focus on. They are “insufficient risk assessment of crypto assets to be handled, inappropriate sales of crypto assets issued by providers themselves, excessive advertisement, over-emphasis on profit generation, no check and balance by directors and auditors, no internal audit, insufficient internal management control, insufficient AML/CFT measures and segregation of customer asset, and reluctance to disclose corporate information.”

Japanese Regulator Clarifies Stance on Bitcoin ETFs and Derivatives

ICO Regulation Coming Soon

When Japan legalized cryptocurrencies as a means of payment in April 2017, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and their tokens were not included. However, with the growing interest in token sales as a fundraising method, the FSA has turned its attention to the matter. The agency recently published a document outlining key areas which will be addressed in upcoming regulations.

The FSA will focus on “investment-type ICOs” and will “clarify that soliciting investments by funding virtual currency is subject to financial regulations,” the document reads.

Japanese Regulator Clarifies Stance on Bitcoin ETFs and Derivatives

 

Source: News.Bitcoin

 

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