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Japan May Tie Up with US, Europe on CBDC Rules

While Bank of Japan has made no decision yet on own digital currency, it is proceeding with experiments and a plan to deliberate on specific designs of one, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said

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Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda highlighted escalating tensions in Ukraine as a fresh risk to the central bank's forecast for a moderate economic recovery. Photo: Reuters.


Japan must cooperate with Europe and the US in creating a global standard on the technical aspects of issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the chief of Japan’s central bank said on Friday.

While the Bank of Japan (BOJ) had made no decision yet whether to issue its own digital currency, it was proceeding with experiments and a plan to deliberate on specific designs of one, governor Haruhiko Kuroda told parliament.

Asked by a lawmaker on whether Japan would be able to decide around 2026 whether it can issue a CBDC, Kuroda said: “Personally, I think that’s the case.”

The final decision on whether Japan would issue a CBDC, however, must be made after close consultation between the BOJ, government and private entities, Kuroda said.

“What’s most important is for the idea to get sufficient understanding by the public,” he said.


Japan Watching China’s Plans for Digital Yuan

In the same parliament session, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Tokyo was closely watching China’s fast-paced development on issuing a digital yuan.

A global front-runner, China has moved much faster on CBDC than Group of 7 nations including Japan. China’s central bank said last week it was ready to provide digital yuan payment services to the Beijing Winter Olympics visitors.

The BOJ started the first phase of its experiment on CBDC in April last year and plans to move to the second phase this year.

But the central bank has said it has no immediate plans to issue a digital yen. Pilot programmes, if any, won’t take place until 2023 at the earliest.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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