The concept of cryptocurrencies started as a nascent idea but has now spread into a global phenomenon. It is not just the mainstream cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereuym that are doing the rounds but rather centralized cryptocurrencies launched by state governments.
China was the first country to take centrally backed cryptocurrencies seriously, especially with the creation of the digital renminbi. Looking at the steps taken by the red dragon, other countries such as Japan were coming to the forefront to voice their contributions using Central Bank Digital Currencies [CBDCs].
CDBCs are generally used for cashless payments through a smart device such as a mobile phone or tablet. The main intention of a digital currency is to eliminate the overheads and wastage related to physical fiat currency. Former Bank of Japan officials stated that China’s efforts in the ecosystem inspired other regions to follow suit.
The People’s Bank of China has been the pioneer in terms of building a digital trading ecosystem with officials also responsible for releasing coherent updates. Hiromi Yamaoka, an ex-official at the Bank of Japan commented:
“China has prompted moves toward digital currency (around the world). t (has done so at) surprising speed, as central banks tend to take a cautious stance. The design of a CBDC is very tricky and delicate. In advanced countries, a CBDC could conflict with existing payment and banking systems.”
Banking officials in Japan were confident that introducing native digital currencies in a major way would only uplift the financial situation of the country. The proposed method is to give the Japanese population a trading limit access of 50,000 yen per person. This would result in a total trading volume of 5 trillion yen, a figure that would account for just 5 percent of the total Japanese capital circulation.
Digital Currency Forum, a popular advocate of digital currencies in Japan revealed that there were plans to create “some form” of digital currency by 2023. Banking officials were of the opinion that if Japan does not launch a CBDC soon, it may lag behind other major countries in the race towards a streamlined digital economy.