Feb 18, 2023

BoJ to Launch Digital Yen Pilot in April 2023

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has announced plans to launch a pilot program for its digital currency in April 2023. This program will test a model of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) ecosystem with the participation of private companies.

At a CBDC committee meeting on February 17, BoJ Executive Director Shinichi Uchida said the pilot will build on the Bank’s proof-of-concept testing, which began in 2021. The program will use simulated transactions to assess the technical feasibility of the digital yen, as well as explore alternative data models and architectures for offline payments.

The BoJ’s announcement was welcomed by the private sector, which is eager to collaborate on the project. To facilitate this collaboration, the Bank is creating a CBDC forum.

The news of the CBDC pilot was highly anticipated, as local media reported the BoJ’s intention back in November 2022. At least three Japanese megabanks and regional banks are expected to collaborate with the Bank.

In addition to the CBDC pilot, the Bank is also considering lifting the ban on foreign stablecoins, which came into law in 2022. The Financial Services Agency of Japan is working on amendments to the law, which could be passed by June 2023. If successful, the new law would allow foreign stablecoins to enter the market provided they pass individual checks.

The BoJ’s pilot program is a major step forward for web3 in Japan and could be a game-changer for the NFT and crypto space. As such, the Bank is actively looking for ways to promote and market the digital yen. To this end, the BoJ is working with a web3 agency to develop a comprehensive NFT marketing strategy. This strategy will include the use of Twitter and other social media platforms to reach a wider audience.

The BoJ is also considering partnering with an NFT marketing agency to help with promotion and selling of NFTs. This could be a great opportunity for businesses in the web3 space, as it would provide a platform to showcase their products and services.

The Bank’s pilot program is an exciting development for web3 in Japan. With the help of private companies, the BoJ is working to create a CBDC ecosystem that will provide a secure and reliable platform for digital transactions and payments. The Bank’s plans to promote and market the digital yen could also open up new opportunities for businesses in the web3 space.

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