Japan Tightens Grip on Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Japan Tightens Grip on Cryptocurrency Exchanges


fsa aml inspection crypto exchanges altcoin buzz – 2019-05-24T001831_opt The Japanese authorities are getting ready for anti-money laundering (AML) inspections. Local c ryptocurrency exchanges will receive special scrutiny.

The Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) does not feel like wasting time. Ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka that is set to take place in June, the agency is scrutinizing the country’s financial scene. It is also preparing for subsequent inspection by the international watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which will take place this fall. Japanese crypto exchanges are among the ones to receive an extra thorough examination.

Nikkei Asian Review invokes the case of the cryptocurrency exchange operator FSHO. Last year, the authorities discovered that the exchange had overlooked fishy transactions. It turned out, that a large amount of money had been converted to cash by the same client and that fact impressed the Japanese watchdog, albeit in a negative way. As a result, it declined the operator’s bid to get a license.

Now, the FSA is ready to step up its game even more. According to the article, it is planning to carry out a thorough review of the AML regulation and see whether crypto exchanges adhere to its standards. Particularly, it will examine platforms that fail to confirm their clients’ identities and/or enable anonymous transactions. Banks and other traditional institutions will also come under the spotlight. Global reputation

There is a good reason why the FSA is vigilant of possible violations. The country had issues […]