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Line推出加密货币交易业务

Line在全球拥有超过2亿的月活跃用户,1月31日Line宣布计划启动加密货币交易业务。

Line是一家聊天软件公司,总部位于东京。近日该公司表示,已经向日本金融监管机构提交了一份加密货币交易申请,目前正处于审核中。该公司还将在聊天应用中推出多种金融服务,其中包括加密货币交易。本月初成立的子公司Line Financial将负责运营应用内的新模块。

Line的聊天应用中已有移动支付服务Line Pay。据该公司数据,去年全球4000万注册用户在数字钱包的年交易额达到4500亿欧元(约40亿美元)。与之相比,全球最大的加密货币交易平台之一Coinbase拥有约1300万用户。

相较于中国和韩国一直打压加密货币,这一举措突显日本是亚洲对加密货币最友好的地区之一。今年9月,日本金融监管机构向首批11家运营加密货币交易的公司发放了执照。继比特币与美元、欧元的交易后,比特币-日元兑换成为比特币市场上第三大货币交易,超过全球交易量的10%。

Line最出名的可能是它的角色,如布朗熊和可妮兔,它们的形象不仅用于聊天应用表情,还在全世界的Line商店里出售。但随着用户数量增长,公司正在寻找其他收入来源。根据该公司的声明,Line还在招聘拥有区块链技术和金融技术的人才,"世界正走向无现金、无钱包社会,(Line)希望成为金融科技行业的领导者。"

上周黑客从东京的交易所Coincheck窃取了5.3亿美元加密货币后,日本加密货币交易发展遭遇障碍。日本当局表示,此次入侵之后,他们将调查当地所有的加密货币交易所,排查安全漏洞。

Line, which has more than 200 million monthly active users worldwide, announced today (Jan. 31) that it is planning to start a cryptocurrency exchange.

The Tokyo-based chat app said in a statement that it has filed an application for registering a crypto exchange with Japan’s financial regulator, and that the application is currently under review. The company will also launch a variety of financial services, including a place to trade cryptocurrencies, within the chat app. These new initiatives will be operated by Line Financial, a subsidiary established earlier this month.

Line already offers a mobile payment service within its chat app, called Line Pay. With 40 million registered users, the digital wallet’s annual global transaction volume reached ¥450 billion (around $4 billion) last year, the company said. In comparison, Coinbase, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, has about 13 million users.

The move underscores how Japan has become one of Asia’s most friendly jurisdictions for cryptocurrencies, particularly as China and South Korea have been cracking down on them. In September, Japan’s financial regulator granted a first batch of 11 companies licenses for operating crypto exchanges. Bitcoin-yen trading comes after bitcoin trading in the dollar and euro as the third-largest currency pair in bitcoin markets, accounting for more than 10% of global trades.

Line is probably best known for its characters like Brown the bear and Cony the rabbit, whose images adorn not just stickers in the chat app but also merchandise sold in Line stores around the world. But as user numbers flatten, the company is looking for alternative revenue streams. According to its statement, Line is also hiring people with expertise in blockchain technology and finance, as the company “hopes to become a leader in the FinTech industry as the world moves increasingly towards a cashless wallet-less society.”

Japan’s embrace of cryptotrading hit a snag last week after hackers stole $530 million of cryptocurrencies from Tokyo-based exchange Coincheck. Japanese authorities said they would investigate all local crypto exchanges for security gaps following the breach.


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