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Japanese bank MUFG to launch yen-pegged stablecoin this year

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Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 07:34 am UTC

Japanese banking giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is gearing up to launch its digital currency, MUFG Coin, for practical use this year, Cointelegraph reported.

The bank reportedly started working on the digital currency initiative back in 2016. In a featured article on its website dated December 25, 2016, MUFJ stated that it was actively exploring potential uses of MUFG Coin – areas where blockchain technology could be implemented for a variety of everyday financial needs, such as withdrawals and deposits to transactions and payments.

“Potentially this coin could have large-scale commercial potential, as well serving small-scale retail bank customers,” it said at the time.

MUFG president Kanetsugu Mike revealed the launch plans in an interview with Asahi Shimbun. Pegged 1:1 to the Japanese yen, MUJG Coin is a blockchain-based stablecoin that has been designed with a particular focus on currency functionality.

Since 2017, a pool of around 1,500 employees has been reportedly trialing MUFG Coin. Last year, MUFG said that it wants to test the stablecoin with as many as 100,000 account holders in 2019.

Customers would just need to download an app to convert their bank deposits into the stablecoin. They would be able to use MUFG Coin to make payments at places like restaurants, convenience stores and other shops as well as to “transfer the currency to other participants’ accounts.”

In February 2019, MUFG, in collaboration with Akamai Technologies, announced the establishment of a joint venture, Global Open Network, Inc., which will aim to provide a blockchain-based open payment network in Japan by the first half of 2020.

Last year, the companies announced a new blockchain service, with the objective of realizing “the world’s most scalable and fastest payment processing platform with a capacity to process a million transactions per second and the ability to finalize transactions in less than 2 seconds.”

Another Japanese banking giant Mizuho is also planning to launch its digital currency platform, called “J-Coin,” in cooperation with nearly 60 other financial institutions.

Line, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of the South Korean internet search giant Naver Corporation, last year launched its first digital token, LINK, and its first blockchain network, LINK Chain.

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