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Japan is Planning to Launch its CBDCs in April

  • Japan is gearing up to launch its Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) in April, marking a major milestone in the country's digital currency journey

  • The move is expected to revolutionize the way people transact and could have far-reaching implications for the global economy

  • The launch of the CBDCs is part of Japan's broader effort to become a leader in the digital currency space and to promote financial inclusion

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Japan is set to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) pilot program in April 2023. 

This program will provide a unique opportunity to explore the potential of digital currencies and their implications for the future of finance. The pilot program will be conducted in collaboration with major financial institutions and technology companies and will focus on testing the feasibility of a CBDC in a real-world setting.

Amidst the tumultuous bear market of 2022, several governments intensified their efforts to develop Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). Japan is now making strides in the same direction, with the pilot program for its digital yen, or Japan CBDC, set to launch in April. This could be a major milestone in the world of digital finance, as Japan is the first major economy to take such a bold step.

It is noteworthy that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has been diligently working on this project for the past two years, including contemplating the launch of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The bank's recent move of testing the CBDC could provide them with a better understanding of its full-fledged launch. Elaborating further, BOJ Executive Director Shinichi Uchida stated,

“If a CBDC were to be issued in the future, it is essential to explore its framework in a phased manner and engage in highly transparent communication with the private sector in order to ensure its successful adoption in society.”

Uchida has expressed his desire to use this program to foster improved designs through collaboration with private businesses. The Bank of Japan is replicating interactions with private financial institutions as part of the pilot program, but it has no intention of facilitating transactions between stores and customers.

Here’s why Japan is pushing forward in haste with its CBDC project

The primary motivation for Japan to fast-track it's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) process is to keep up with China, which was one of the first countries to develop a CBDC and has already implemented its e-CNY digital currency. With China leading the global CBDC race, Japan is eager to join the competition.

However, there is another factor at play. The pilot launch is set to occur before Haruhiko Kuroda, the current Bank of Japan (BOJ) chief, passes the gavel to scholar Kazuo Ueda in April, marking the end of Kuroda’s second five-year tenure. 

By launching its CBDC ahead of other countries still assessing their decision, Japan could gain a competitive edge in the global market.

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