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BoJ, Megabanks Team up For Digital Yen Pilot Project

The Nikkei newspaper reported that the Bank of Japan will begin experiments on a digital yen launch with commercial banks next spring

Japanese digital yen
The widely expected move follows two years of experiments. Photo: Reuters


The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has teamed up with private financial institutions to conduct a pilot experiment for a digital yen, sources say.

The move, which had been widely expected, follows two years of experiments the BoJ has been coordinating to decide whether to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

The Nikkei newspaper reported that the BoJ will start pilot experiments for launching a digital yen with Japan’s three megabanks and regional banks next spring.


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A spokesperson for the BoJ was not immediately available to comment on Wednesday, a public holiday in Japan.

The move will come after the BoJ wraps up a second phase of its CBDC experiment that started in April, and which will last about a year.

While the BoJ has not made any decision yet on whether to issue its own digital currency, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said in May that providing a retail CBDC could be an option to secure a seamless and safe infrastructure in Japan.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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