HitBTC, the Hong-Kong based cryptocurrency exchange has suspended its own services for Western citizens to prevent any problem with the nation's financial regulator as it isn't licensed to function in Japan. Clients with Western IP addresses will be requested to supply their residency data within the market's know-your-customer (KYC) process to demonstrate they aren't inhabitants of Japan.
Suspending Services at Japan
Hitbtc, the world's eighth biggest crypto market based on Coinmarketcap, has declared a ceremony suspension for Western residents. On its site, the Hong Kong-based exchange included a brand new section named Service Restriction into the Legal Information page of its own Terms of Service. "You will not utilize our services and instantly cease using these if You're a resident or become a resident in any time of the country or area where Hitbtc Isn't authorized to behave," the trade wrote, including:
For the avoidance of any doubt and in accordance with the Japan Payment Services Act, Hitbtc has temporarily suspended providing virtual (crypto) currency exchange services to residents of Japan.
The market elaborated,"If our technology finds that you employ our services from an IP address registered in Japan, or some other services enrolled in Japan, you'd be asked to affirm that you aren't a resident of Japan by supplying information in your residency inside KYC process"
The market then published a note on its site on Sunday confirming the suspension, reiterating that it"will use just to people living in the nation." The market's 24-hour trading volume in the time of the writing is 281,395,577.
Preventing Trouble using the Regulator
The Western Payment Services Act which Hitbtc describes went in to effect in April this past year, legalizing cryptocurrency for a way of obligations. Thus far, 16 crypto exchanges are granted a permit to function and the exact same number were permitted to run while their applications are still pending. From this latter 16, the FSA recently demonstrated that 8 have suggested they are withdrawing their software.
The bureau also has warned some trades which have been working in Japan with no permit. One of them was Binance, the market whose 24-hour trading quantity frequently tops the list of the world's biggest. On May 23, the bureau sent a letter to Binance and its own representative, CEO Changpeng Zhao, caution them regarding working in Japan with no permit.
In Sunday's announcement, Hitbtc disclosed it has been operating with a Western law firm with the intention"for Hitbtc throughout the local subsidiary installation and licensing process to resume its solutions" for Japanese citizens, adding
The company is actively hiring for the local office and exploring M&A opportunities to expedite the launch of the Japanese operations in Q3 2018.