While governments across the entire globe have been prepping to roll out CBDCs that entail multiple features, Japan intends to keep it simple with the digital yen. An executive from the Bank of Japan noted that simplicity would be a primary feature of the Japanese central bank-issued digital currency.
The fervor around central bank digital currencies [CBDC] hit the roof after China made fast-paced development in the same. While the Asian country was testing out the digital yuan, an array of countries had just started to discuss the prospects of including CBDCs into their system. Nevertheless, numerous countries took charge and have started developing their native CBDC.
Japan is still researching the prospects of the digital yen. However, the central bank of the country seemed to be well aware of what people need. During a recent speech, an executive of the Japanese central bank, Shinichi Uchida revealed the whereabouts of the digital yen.
Japan to keep it “simple” with the digital yen
Since certain payment channels have existed for a long time now, introducing a new one could most likely disrupt the extant situation. Therefore, before rolling out a CBDC, governments have been profoundly working on co-existence. Keeping the same in mind, Uchida suggested that the Japanese CBDC would have a simple design as it requires to be integrated into the private sector payment models.
The executive further added,
“To achieve vertical coexistence, a relatively simple central bank digital currency (CBDC) design is desirable for the private sector to use it as an ingredient.”
The bank intends to move over to the second phase of experiments of the CBDC only in April 2022. During this phase, the bank would be testing out the major features of the coin.
While the central bank of the country still has no plans of rolling out a CBDC anytime soon, Uchida revealed that the bank was in discussions with the private sector. The bank intends to hear out an array of people and their views about introducing the digital yuan. Hence, the bank engaged with the private sector and exchanged views about the imminent Japanese CBDC.