Coincheck Drops Augur as Japan’s Crypto Regulations Tighten

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:30
Urvashi Verma
Augur REP token will follow Monero, Dash and Zcash in being delisted by Coincheck under pressure from FSA.
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After regulatory pressure to remove privacy coins, Coincheck, Japan’s infamous hacked exchange, now plans to remove the Augur REP token. 

Augur’s removal is due to its unhealthy association with unlicensed gambling, the exchange says. 

Augur is a decentralized prediction market platform that utilizes the Ethereum network. A prediction market enables users to gain monetary benefits by using an outcome of future events based on 'wisdom of the crowd' data collected in real-time.

The removal of privacy coins Monero, Dash, Zcash and now possibly Augur has been the result of an order issued by the FSA, Japan’s regulatory body, and is an indication that Japan’s regulatory framework is changing quickly. 

Japan’s FSA, which has instituted stricter AML, KYC and CTF regulations on exchanges, is now asking all exchanges to step up to the plate, leaving them with little option other than to comply. 

Coincheck plans to delist Monero, Dash and Zcash by the end of June.  Experts say the impact of removing these currencies from the market remains uncertain at this time. Japanese investors were the earliest adopters of cryptocurrencies, and account for nearly 33 percent of cryptocurrency holders.


Coincheck was recently acquired by trading firm Monex which is in the process of getting an official license from the FSA. Monex told Bloomberg last week that it plans to enter the US market, due to a lag in regulatory insight and high capital gains taxes in Japan. 

About the author

Urvashi Verma is a Chicago-based reporter who writes about the convergence of technology and business. She is interested in fintech, digital currencies, blockchain and currency markets. Urvashi formerly worked with the Times of Israel covering Israel's booming tech industry including Start-Up Nation, venture capital investment, and crowd-funding platforms.

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