Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi says testing its own digital currency

The MUFG coin system will work much like prepaid electronic money, such as “Suica,” already widely used in Japan, the newspaper reported. However, users will be able to remit MUFG coins to others through the internet at a low commission.

The bank is also developing automatic teller machines to enable consumers to withdraw MUFG coins onto their phones, the Japanese newspaper said. The ATM is expected to be rolled out by spring 2018, and will also enable users to change MUFG coins into cash.

Over the past year numerous Wall Street firms, led by Goldman Sachs, have declared their commitment to pursuing blockchain as a potential revolutionary technology for tracking and clearing financial transactions.

The blockchain technology works by creating permanent, public “ledgers” of all transactions that could potentially replace complicated clearing and settlement systems with one simple ledger.

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