Japanese Crypto Trading Soars

Conor Maloney
  • Japan is now the largest Bitcoin trading market in the world
  • Government-backed group to regulate the ICO space

Japan's Financial Services Authority (FSA) released a survey taken from 17 different cryptocurrency exchanges recently that showed a skyrocketing crypto-trading industry.

In a country of 127 million people, there are reportedly 3.5 million active traders, with BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, and LTC being the most traded currencies. Statistics show that 85% of traders are aged 20 - 40, with 35% of that group in their 30s. Bitcoin trading, in particular, has shown astonishing growth, with annual trading rising from $22 million in 2014 to $97 billion in 2017. Trading Bitcoin as an underlying asset showed even more astonishing figures, trading $2 million in 2014 to $543 billion in 2017 - Japan is now the largest Bitcoin trading market in the world as Chinese traders look to Japanese exchanges amid the Chinese regulatory crackdown.

In November and December last year, $150 billion worth of Bitcoin was traded in the BitFlyer exchange alone. Another bullish survey revealed that 14% of young Japanese professionals aged 25-30 own cryptocurrency, revealing that crypto trading is in full swing in Japan even as the market volatility continues. In fact, 50% of the survey participants declared that they would continue, investing despite the price swings.  

 

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Above you can see Bitcoin's trading volume by currency as shown on CryptoCompare, with Japanese Yen ahead of the game.

The Japanese government certainly seem to be taking the necessary steps to preserving their booming crypto trading industry, with positive regulatory measures being discussed to legalize ICOs in Japan.

Can ‘Huobi Prime’ Compete With ‘Binance Launchpad'?

It seems that Huobi doesn't want Binance to have all the fun, because on Wednesday (March 20th), it announced that its new token launch platform "Huobi Prime" will go live on March 26th.

Huobi says that this new platform offers "a better way to access cutting-edge crypto projects with a high potential for impact and growth – one designed not just for the deep pocketed and well connected but also for ordinary retail traders."

Huobi, in a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, refers to Huobi Prime as "a Direct Premium Offering (DPO) platform," and says that it offers a number of advantages over its rivals:

  • "All coins purchased through Huobi Prime are immediately deposited into user's accounts and are tradable on Huobi Global against Huobi Token (HT), Huobi Group's native token" with no "need to wait for presales or similar delays."
  • "Rigorous screening and selection processes to ensure only premium projects that have yet to be listed on any major exchange are included."
  • "Early access to coins at below market prices."
  • "Access for both big and small players" (i.e. "open to retail investors, not just professionals or VIPs")
  • "In order to mitigate periods of extreme volatility when the market opens, and to reduce the risk of adverse impacts on investors, a period of tiered price limits has also been added."

Each token launch on Huobi Prime "will involve three rounds of coin offerings, each lasting 30 minutes." Although the price "will be capped," this cap "will rise as time goes on."

Here is an example offered by Huobi that illustrates how this works:

"... if Huobi Prime listed a coin called Huobi Premium Example Token (HPET), HPET tokens might be made available at a discount of 30% off in the first round, 20% off in the second, and a 10% discount in the third."

However, note that "actual discounts will vary by coin offering and may be higher or lower."

The tokens you buy on Huobi Prime are deposited into the your account "with minimal delay and can be traded against Huobi Token," with "no pre-sales, etc. to slow things down." The maximum purchase amount is "the equivalent of $1,000 USD in Huobi Token."

Leon Li, Founder and CEO of Huobi Group, says:

"Customer demand and user needs are at the forefront of everything we do here at Huobi. Huobi Prime is very much an extension of that. We've designed it from the ground up to be a more innovative, direct, and responsive way to access up-and-coming new tokens."

And Robin Zhu, COO of Huobi Group, had this to say:

"Powered by Huobi Token, Huobi Prime will keep our brand at the forefront of the ever-changing digital asset marketplace."

The honor of being the first token to be launched on Huobi Prime belongs to TOP, which is the native coin of TOP Network's public blockchain Top Chain.

Top Network, which was founded in late 2017, says that it offers "full-stack decentralized cloud communication services," i.e. low cost services such as VPN, VoIP, video, IoT data sharing, storage, messaging, CDN, and live streaming. 

The main features of Top Chain (which currently has a testnet but not a mainnet) are:

  • "two-layer lattice"
  • "two-layer sharding"
  • "two-layer VM"
  • "high-speed parallel"
  • "instant transactions, zero fees"
  • "built-in security, privacy protection"
  • "PBFT-DPoS"

Ross Zhang, Head of Marketing for Huobi Group, stated:

"While we had a number of really strong candidates for Huobi Prime's inaugural launch, we were really impressed by TOP Network's ambitious business model, as well as the fact that it will be the first true high performance public chain with a pre-existing userbase in the millions."

Top Network CEO Steve Wei had this to say:

"We've worked closely with Huobi and they won our trust through their professionalism, open-mindedness, and overall friendliness to projects. We were impressed by Huobi's positive reputation and strong branding power and we are happy to launch TOP Network on Huobi Prime."

It is too early to tell how well Huobi Prime will do against the very popular Binance Launchpad, but launching tokens for interesting projects such as this one should give Huobi Prime a decent chance to provide Binance Launchpad with some much needed competition.


Featured Image Courtesy of Huobi Global