Japan Proposes Measures to Curtail Fiat-to-Crypto P2P Transfers

Japan Proposes Measures to Curtail Fiat-to-Crypto P2P Transfers

Japan’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has put forth proposals aimed at safeguarding users from “unlawful transfers” to cryptocurrency exchanges, citing the persistently high number of fraudulent transactions in the country, with crypto assets being a predominant target.

The FSA’s proposed measures are designed to complicate the peer-to-peer (P2P) transaction market significantly, with a focus on enhancing user protection. Collaborating with the National Policing Agency (NPA), the FSA has called upon banks to enhance safeguards for their users, outlining several initiatives to achieve this objective.

One key initiative involves instructing banks to intensify monitoring of illicit transfers to cryptocurrency exchange service providers. The Japanese version of the document suggests that such transfers should be rejected, applying to both individual and corporate accounts.

The potential impact of these measures on the P2P market could be substantial, considering the mechanics of P2P transactions, where sender and recipient names on both the fiat and crypto ends are typically different. Rejecting transactions from one individual’s bank account to another’s crypto wallet could pose significant challenges for P2P platforms.

Japan has garnered a reputation for its meticulous approach to digital asset regulation, ensuring strict adherence to evolving regulatory frameworks. Notably, a recent tax reform initiative for 2024 exempts Japanese companies from taxes on “unrealized gains” from holding cryptocurrencies, effective April 1, 2024.

Prior to this, in June 2023, local authorities exempted token issuers from a 30% tax on unrealized profits from coins issued and held. These regulatory developments underscore Japan’s commitment to fostering a compliant and secure environment for digital asset activities within its jurisdiction.

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