Japan’s FSA Warns Binance and Others for Operating Without Registration

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has issued a warning letter to several foreign cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, Bybit, MEXC Global and Bitget, for conducting business in the country without proper registration, violating the nation’s fund settlement laws. The FSA stated that the listed exchanges had breached Japan’s fund settlement regulations by conducting crypto asset exchange business without proper registration.

This action by the FSA follows a crackdown on unregistered crypto exchanges in the East Asian nation. In 2020, the FSA introduced new regulations requiring crypto exchanges to register with the agency and obtain a license to operate in Japan. However, the regulator clarified that the current list of unregistered traders may not accurately represent the current state of unregistered businesses.

The warning issued to Binance is significant, as it signifies that the cryptocurrency industry in Japan and other nations is facing greater regulatory scrutiny. Unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges pose risks such as fraud, money laundering, and market manipulation, which are concerning regulators more and more.

Although Japan is working on new regulations for the crypto and Web3 sectors, the country has not cracked down on the industry as hard as some other larger economies, such as the United States. However, the FSA’s actions show that it is taking steps to ensure that the cryptocurrency industry in Japan operates within a regulated framework.

Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has been facing regulatory pressure in various countries. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently sued Binance and its founder, Changpeng Zhao, for regulatory violations. The FSA also issued a formal warning letter to Binance for operating without necessary permissions back in 2021.

In conclusion, the warning letter issued by Japan’s FSA to several foreign cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, signifies that the industry is facing greater regulatory scrutiny. As the cryptocurrency industry continues to grow, it is essential for regulators to take steps to ensure that it operates within a regulated framework to mitigate risks and protect investors.


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Bitcoin whales buy at $38K as BTC supply per whale hits 10-year high

Bitcoin (BTC) jumping to $39,000 has already activated large-volume investors this week, the latest data shows.

Analyzing whale behavior, on-chain monitoring resource Whalemap revealed accumulation underway at levels above $36,000.

This week’s BTC price “triggered” whales

Identifying clusters of whale bids, Whalemap uncovered what appears to be renewed market confidence among those with some of the largest BTC balances — between 100 BTC and 10,000 BTC.

“Recent prices triggered whales to accumulate Bitcoin,” researchers summarized on Twitter Tuesday.

According to cluster data, whales now own 330,000 BTC bought at spot prices between $36,000 and $38,000.

Whale wallet accumulation annotated chart. Source: Whalemap/ Twitter

Overall, the portion of the BTC supply per whale wallet is now at its highest in a decade, data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode uploaded to Twitter by popular account Priced in Bitcoin shows.

This comes despite the vastly larger Bitcoin user base compared to the largest cryptocurrency’s early days. 

Bitcoin supply per whale vs. BTC/USD chart. Source: Priced in Bitcoin/ Twitter

Trader and analyst William Clemente meanwhile described last week’s whale activity as “fairly heavy” buying.

Exchanges see new influx of BTC this weekend

The results run in contrast to a decreasing buying trend which began in the second half of January.

Related: Bitcoin market cap dominance hits 2-month high as altcoins struggle

As Cointelegraph reported, exchanges returned to seeing greater outflows than inflows in recent weeks, despite spot price action putting in lower lows.

In the past few days, however, exchange users have conversely sent BTC to their accounts as BTC/USD has risen to its highest levels in two weeks.

The 21 platforms monitored by on-chain analytics firm CryptoQuant saw their balance increase from 2.357 million BTC on Jan. 29 to 2.377 million BTC on Jan 31, the latest date for which data is currently available.

Bitcoin exchange reserves vs. BTC/USD chart. Source: CryptoQuant

Whales may not actively use exchanges for larger buys, particularly if they are in a position to perform over-the-counter trades or purchase coins directly from miners.