Mass adoption of cryptocurrencies seems to be the way to go for a lot of economies nowadays. This list also includes countries that have been traditionally against digital assets or on the fence about it.
During a recent seminar in Tokyo, the deputy governor of the Bank of Japan stated that looking at the current financial atmosphere, they must be prepared to issue digital currencies.
Masayoshi Amamiya, the popular deputy governor at the BOJ suggested this move in the case of massive technical advances in settlement systems across the board. Although the bank did not plan to launch a central bank digital currency any time soon, crypto heads were excited that an institution was toying with the idea.
According to Amamiya, the BOJ, as well as other banks, need to consider several factors before implementing CBDC’s in the country. This includes Anti Money Laundering laws, monetary policies as well as security protocols during integration. He added:
“The speed of technical innovation is very fast. Depending on how things unfold in the world of settlement systems, public demand for CBDCs could soar in Japan. We must be prepared to respond if that happens. But the transmission mechanism…could become more complicated and difficult (to break down) if settlement systems change.”
The deputy governor’s words came right after the country’s ruling party revealed plans to propose a national digital asset later this year. This will be decided by a group of 70 lawmakers who will consider all aspects of cryptocurrencies, both pros, and cons.
Amari Akim, the chairman of the tax system in the country, however, was skeptical of the digital yuan. According to him, the launch of the CBDC could affect the mid to long term hegemony in the United States and China.
The BOJ official opined that digital currencies would allow central banks to impose negative interests on deposits. Negative interests are seen as a way to increase accountability amongst investors and users. Central bank-issued currencies became the norm after companies int the private sectors took it upon themselves to create these assets.
Governing and regulatory bodies have become concerned that the launch of the next ‘Libra’ would disrupt the economic structure set in place. Japan is not the only country toying with the idea of CBDCs. Financial bodies in Sweden, Canada, Britain, Switzerland, and the Euro Zone have also started a serious approach toward CBDCs.
The importance of cryptocurrencies was on display at the recently concluded World Economic Forum in Davostoo. The WEF revealed that they were creating a digital asset ‘consortium’ to deliberate about the industry and create a safe environment for all. The Consortium will include officials from many walks of life to ensure there is a broad spectrum of discussion about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.