Japan Unveils Plans to Regulate Initial Coin Offerings

Japan Unveils Plans to Regulate Initial Coin Offerings

Japan’s Financial Services Agency has held several meetings to discuss how to best regulate initial coin offerings. In addition to registration requirements, the regulator reportedly plans to amend two existing laws that can be applied to token sales.

Registrations and Law Changes

The Financial Services Agency (FSA), Japan’s top financial regulator, “is set to launch regulations on initial coin offerings [ICOs],” Jiji Press wrote on Saturday. Sources told the news outlet:

Jiji Press also reported that, in order to “introduce the [ICO] regulations,” the agency “plans to submit bills to revise the financial instruments and exchange law and the payment services law to next year’s ordinary parliamentary session starting in January.”

FSA’s ICO Discussions

The FSA has been holding study group meetings to discuss how to best regulate token sales. The agency has stated that ICOs are not prohibited but acknowledged that many of them are fraudulent. In March, Satis Group published a report which claims that 78 percent of ICOs are scams.

Sources told Jiji Press:

At the latest meeting on ICO regulation held on Nov. 28, the FSA discussed additional areas it plans to regulate.

The regulation will also include disclosure requirements and measures for unfair trades. In addition, distribution channels will be regulated and token issuers will be screened to ensure adequate financial health.

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