Adam James · March 13, 2018 · 7:30 pm
A Japanese government official has revealed that the country will ask G20 members to strengthen security measures in an effort to prevent money laundering by way of cryptocurrency. Whether or not Japan will get help from its G20 counterparts, however, remains to be seen.
Japan Wants Help, but Probably Won’t Get It
Japan will ask its G20 counterparts for help in the fight against digital currency-utilized money laundering, according to a government official with direct knowledge on the matter.
As reported by Reuters, however, the chances of actually gaining unified assistance in the matter are slim to none.
According to another G20 official:
Discussions will focus on anti-money laundering steps and consumer protection, rather than how cryptocurrency trading could affect the banking system. The general feeling among the G20 members is that applying too stringent regulations won’t be good.
The country’s concern with money laundering is particularly noteworthy — given that reports have suggested that cryptocurrency-utilized money laundering makes up only 0.17% of all money laundering cases in the country.
Japan is the first country to legitimately regulate cryptocurrency, as it passed legislation last year requiring digital currency exchanges be registered and subject themselves to inspection.
Cryptocurrency to Headline G20 Discussions
Finance ministers and central bankers from 20 of the world’s largest economies will meet in Buenos Aires next week, and