Japanese ecommerce website allows crypto payments

Japanese ecommerce website allows crypto payments

Japanese used-car export firm, SBI Motor Japan, has announced that its ecommerce site is now going to accept crypto payments

By Shashank Bhardwaj

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SBI Motor Japan has announced that it will start accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Ripple (XRP) as payments for used cars on its ecommerce website. These transactions will be settled on the SBI VC Trade Co. Ltd, a cryptocurrency exchange owned by the SBI Group.

SBI Motor Japan is a subsidiary of SBI Africa Co Ltd. The ecommerce website provides information on used automobiles to emerging countries around the world, including Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Caribbean, and Ireland, which are major export destinations. 

In a notice dated May 9, 2022, SBI Motor Japan stated, “In anticipation of the growing demand for remittances using crypto assets, we plan to increase the number of currencies that can be used for settlement in the future.”

SBI VC Trade Co Ltd complies with AML requirements and anti-terrorism financing methods as defined in international standards, and examines business partners and clients as part of a screening process to protect its users.

According to SBI’s notice, this initiative marks the first time XRP cryptocurrency will be rolled out at a cross-border ecommerce site in Japan. This decision positively impacted Ripple, which went through a lawsuit filed in 2020 for selling unregistered securities in the form of XRP. 

In SBI’s notice, a study from the World Bank states that 1.7 billion adults worldwide have no access to banks. Most of them concentrated in the African continent.

An additional study compiled from the Singapore-based crypto-currency CooCoin was cited in the notice that Africa had witnessed a 15-fold increase in total cryptocurrency transactions. Not only did transactions increase, but the total number of users also multiplied by 25 in January 2022 over the previous year.

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