According to an editorial published by the Japan Times on Monday, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has said the government would consider new regulation on digital currencies, which might entail the launch of a registration or license system for digital currency exchange operators.
The editorial said Japan’s Finance Ministry, the Financial Services Agency and the National Policy Agency are slated to collaborate with other pertinent authorities to amend the anti-money laundering law and potentially the law on transaction in financial products with a goal of submitting related bills to the regular parliamentary session next year.
The government’s intentions follow the arrest earlier this month of Mark Karpeles, who ran the now-defunct Tokyo-based Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange. Karpeles is accused of fraudulent activities, including manipulating data within the exchange to inflate its assets. He also faces new accusations of embezzlement.
The Japan Times editorial said Mt. Gox’s collapse early last year and the criminal investigation into the exchange’s activities highlight the need to protect users of digital currencies by ensuring safe and