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Circle And SBI Holdings Partnership To Boost USDC In Japan

Global financial firm Circle has announced a strategic partnership with the Japanese financial services SBI Holdings, Inc., to promote the adoption of Circle’s USDC stablecoin and web3 services in Japan.

Circle Joins SBI Holdings In A Memorandum Of Understanding

According to the announcement, both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) toward promoting UDSC‘s adoption in the country. Due to this, both parties are also committed to accurately abiding by stablecoin-related regulations and communication with authorities.

The announcement read:

The companies have signed an MOU underpinning the work ahead, which includes SBI Group and Circle initially working towards the circulation of USDC and expanding the use of stablecoins in Japan. SBI Group and Circle have also committed to properly complying with stablecoin-related regulations, including communication with authorities.

Circle’s partnership with SBI Holdings comes amid the Japanese government’s goal of encouraging the expansion of the Web3 business and enacting new stablecoin rules. In June, Japan’s updated Payment Services Act was published, emphasizing stablecoin regulation. 

The Revised Payment Service Act focuses on stablecoin issuance and circulation in Japan as it moves toward a Web3 economy.

As a global leader in the digital asset economy, the Japanese government revised the Payment Services Act (the Revised Payment Services Act), on June 3, 2023, to establish regulations for stablecoins. The regulation is expected to stimulate the issuance and circulation of stablecoins in Japan and advance Japan’s transition towards a Web3 economy.

Furthermore, it creates “collateralized” stablecoins that are backed by legal tender. This way, Circle’s USDC goes a step further because it is backed 100% by highly liquid cash and cash-equivalent assets and is always convertible 1 to 1 for US dollars.

The announcement also highlighted a banking relationship between Circle and SBI Shinsei Bank. This is because the SBI Shinsei bank will provide banking services to the firm. As a result of this, USDC and liquidity become accessible for users and businesses in Japan.

Furthermore, SBI Group will embrace Circle’s Web3 Services solutions into its digital asset portfolio strategy. These include Programmable Wallet, smart contract management tools, and blockchain infrastructure.

The Company’s CEO On The Partnership

Circle’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeremy Allaire has expressed his pleasure in the recent collaboration with SBI Holdings. The CEO has taken to X (formerly Twitter) to share his optimism on the partnership.

According to him, the partnership exhibits a shared vision for digital currency’s future. The partnership also marks a significant milestone for Circle, as it plans to expand in Japan and Asia Pacific.

Allaire stated:

Our partnership with SBI Holdings represents a shared vision for the future of digital currency and is a significant milestone in Circle’s expansion plans in Japan and the Asia Pacific. We are excited to collaborate with SBI towards setting new standards in the financial sector in Japan.

So far, SBI Holdings is requesting registration as an electronic payment instruments service, as this is subject to approval by the authorities.

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