Rakuten Partners With Japan’s Biggest Railway Firm to Promote Cashless Payments

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has partnered with Japan’s biggest railway firm, the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), to promote cashless payments. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on June 5. The partnership will enable commuters to charge and use their rechargeable smart fare card — JR East’s “Suica” — via the Rakuten Pay mobile app. As Cointelegraph Japan notes,…

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Christine Lagarde of International Monetary Fund Touches on Potential of Crypto, FinTech and Blockchain

Christine Lagarde the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said a few hours ago that the presence of technology giants using Big Data and AI could eventually disrupt the financial system. Virtual currencies and blockchain technology are helping new individuals have access to the financial market. Christine Lagarde Talked About Fintech Potential Financial technology has…

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Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles to Serve as CTO of New Japanese Blockchain Venture

Mark Karpeles — the former CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin (BTC) exchange Mt. Gox — has revealed he will serve as the chief technology officer of a new Japan-registered blockchaint echnology firm. The news was reported by Japanese daily newspaper The Mainchi on June 5. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan earlier today, Karpeles reportedly declared his intention to…

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Belarus General Prosecutor Warns About Cryptocurrency’s Use in Tax Evasion

Belarus’ general prosecutor has raised concerns about the role cryptocurrency could be playing in tax evasion, local daily news outlet TUT.by reported on June 4. Speaking as Belarus hosted the International Prosecutors Association’s regional conference, Aleksandr Konyuk said the time had come for all attendants’ authorities to study cryptocurrency use. Belarus had become one of the first countries in the area to…

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Weiss Crypto Ratings Downgrades EOS Due to Centralization Concerns

United States-based financial research firm Weiss Ratings announced that it has downgraded its rating of cryptocurrency EOS because of the blockchain’s “serious problems” with centralization. Weiss announced the report in a tweet published on June 7. In the tweet, Weiss Ratings claims that the cryptocurrency in question has severe centralization issues and that “their event last week did anything to alleviate…

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Crypto Exchange Bittrex to Block US Users From Trading in 32 Cryptos

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex announced that it will block its United States-based users from trading in 32 cryptocurrencies. The exchange revealed the news in a post on its blog on June 7. Per the announcement, after June 21, U.S. traders won’t be able to access a slew of coins listed on the exchange, including QTUM and STORJ. The exchange noted that U.S. users will…

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Republic of San Marino Issues Regulatory Policies on Tokens, Token Offerings

The captains regent of the Republic of San Marino, Nicola Selva and Michele Muratori, have issued a governmental decree on blockchain tech for businesses, according to a recent document. The new decree outlines procedures for registering a blockchain-based organization with the “Istituto per l’Innovazione della Repubblica di San Marino,” or San Marino Innovation Institute. According to the decree, blockchain-based organizations…

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