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Authorities in Japan Urge Crypto Firms to Comply with Sanctions against Russia

UTC by Sanaa Sharma · 3 min read
Authorities in Japan Urge Crypto Firms to Comply with Sanctions against Russia
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The Japanese government plans to design various strategies that will hinder any illicit Russian activity to move the capital from the cryptocurrencies.

The officials in Japan have urged the crypto exchanges in the country to comply with the sanctions imposed on Russia and its people by other nations. The authorities have asked the exchanges to stop processing transactions of crypto tokens associated with asset-freeze sanctions against Russia and Belarus in protest of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The measure was implemented after the Group of Seven (G7) statement released on Friday saying that the Western countries will levy huge costs on illegal Russian entities utilizing digital tokens to improve as well as move their capital.

The economic pressure on Russia intensifies with the United States, European Union, and other allies deciding on stripping Moscow of its privileged trade and economic treatment. According to the President of the United States Joe Biden the novel actions will altogether further limp the Russian financial framework that has already been pulled down by the initially imposed international sanctions. The war has resulted in the collapse of the Russian Rouble as well as led to a halt of the stock market.

While this is true, there is ever-increasing anxiety among the G7 advanced economies that cryptocurrencies will be falsely used by Russian stakeholders as inadequacy against the economic sanction imposed on the nation for starting a war in Ukraine. The Treasury Department of the United States administered a new set of guidelines that demanded US-based cryptocurrency firms not allow any transactions related to sanction targets.

According to a senior executive at Japan’s Financial Services Agency, Japan sought to uphold the momentum against Russia. The Japanese government plans to design various strategies that will hinder any illicit Russian activity to move the capital from the cryptocurrencies. The FSA and the Ministry of Finance, in a joint statement, announced that any kind of violation of the legal sanctions will not be allowed and heavily prevented.

Japan has not yet been at the forefront of strictness when it comes to financial regulation of the crypto space. There is no set of stringent rules on private digital currencies, and not many among the authorities have yet contributed much to the present problem faced by many countries. The G7 along with the Group of 20 powerhouses have, however, called for more stringent regulation for the stablecoins.

Illegal and unverified payments to entities under sanctions, even though crypto tokens and digital assets, are eligible for punishment up to 3 years in prison or 1 million yen ($8,487.52) fine. According to an industry association, there are over 31 crypto exchanges in Japan as of March 4th.

Global authorities and regulatory committees have been following the market for new investors and feeling anxious over its trends lately.

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Sanaa Sharma
Author Sanaa Sharma

Sanaa is a chemistry major and a Blockchain enthusiast. As a science student, her research skills enable her to understand the intricacies of Financial Markets. She believes that Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize every industry in the world.

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