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Japan will soon be allowing trust banks to manage crypto assets following the announcement from a leading financial regulator to release legislation that could become law late this year.

Financial Services Agency (FSA), an organization that is responsible for both the domestic crypto industry and the banking sector, seeks to “deregulate” trust banks, in a way that would allow these financial entities to take care of the coin deposits, according to the reports from Nikkei.

Following the implementation of the move, the FSA would allow the institution to treat digital assets as “trust assets.” Further adding, the agency states that crypto assets are of volatile nature and there is a high risk involved in their trading. 

The main aim of the agency it said is to enhance the protection of investors and do the promotion of “appropriate” market development by granting permission to trust banks to conduct “asset management operations” related to crypto

To initiate the change, the FSA intends to change legislation related to the financial sector, and before turning its decision into law, the agency plans to hold a one-month consultation on its proposals.

As per the reports of Nikkei, from autumn this year, the measure will be in effect. 

It’s great news for the domestic banking sector as it would support its boom. Funds Settlement Law went through the key revisions last month, enabling trust and traditional financial banks and asset transfer providers to issue stablecoins pegged to the Japanese yarn. 

Further guidance is expected to be issued on both the security tokens connected to tokenized real estate and bonds by the FSA. Various Japanese firms seek to release security token-related offerings along with crypto-powered property projects.

Since the FSA was given powers over wallet providers and exchanges in September 2017, it has also been permitted to regulate the sector with a carte blanche. The Tokyo-based government and its Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a pro-IT business have hinted that they might be ready to reform laws to lessen the burden of the taxes on crypto organizations and users in a new phase of Web3-related growth.

Nancy J. Allen
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