Oki Matsumoto, CEO of Japanese financial giant Monex, has welcomed the Bank of Japan’s recent interest in central bank digital currencies.
At the beginning of autumn, the Bank of Japan announced that it would test a proof of concept for a digital central bank currency in 2021
Since then, more details have emerged about the institution’s development plans and collaboration. There is some evidence that the private sector will play a major role , at least in the testing phase .
This morning , Reuters reported that the CEO of Japanese financial services giant Monex Inc. welcomed the central bank’s more proactive stance on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
CEO Oki Matsumoto argued that any step towards the introduction of a CBDC would be positive for digitizing the Japanese economy and making it more efficient. In addition, Matsumoto believes it is also beneficial to the digital currency sector outside of the banking sector:
„CBDCs will greatly improve the interoperability of cryptocurrencies. It would make the cryptocurrency market more vibrant.“
For Matsumoto, the fact that many smaller crypto stockbrokers do not have bank accounts is a limit and an obstacle for traders looking to convert their crypto assets into fiat money. According to him, a CBDC in Japan would enable a smoother conversion between crypto and legal offers within a „digital-friendly“ platform.
Monex Inc. took over the Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck in the spring of 2018, shortly after the platform was hacked. Over $ 500 million was stolen.
Monex remains active in the digital assets space and last year applied for membership in the Libra Association , the lead consortium for Facebook’s planned global stablecoin.