Since the arrest of former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles in August, the government of Japan has been involved in various regulatory initiatives and investigations led by its law enforcement and national security agencies to restrict and limit the use of bitcoin and operations of cryptocurrency exchanges, startups and organizations in the country.
Involvement of the Financial Services Agency (FSA)
Recently, the Financial Systems Council, a Japanese government organization responsible for overseeing banking, securities and exchange led a discussion joined by virtual currency exchange operators and bitcoin experts to consider their views and knowledge of bitcoin regulations and policies.
“The FSA plans to introduce a regulatory mechanism as early as next year in response to the oversight vacuum exposed by the arrest of MtGox chief Mark Karpeles, who ran what was once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange.”
Taro Aso, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance suggested the development of a regulatory bill for digital currencies including bitcoin, after the Japanese government completes its extensive research on Bitcoin, and Mt. Gox incidents which led to a massive financial scandal across the country.
“We have to carry out studies on how the government should regulate the use of virtual currencies,” the Japan Times quoted Aso