Japananese prime minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed the country’s commitment to foster the Web3 industry, highlighting its potential to transform the internet and kindle social change.
Kishida made the comments in a keynote address on day one of the WebX conference in Tokyo, Japan as initially reported by local media outlet CoinPost. On the same day, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced the cryptocurrency exchange would launch its services on a new Japanese platform in August 2023.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses at #webx
“Web3 is part of the New Form of Capitalism” pic.twitter.com/Q3XFFQIRzb
— WebX 2023 (July 25-26) (@WebX_Asia) July 25, 2023
Kishida highlighted Web3’s potential to drive innovation across industries and highlighted the event’s role in bringing industry players to Japan to drive collaboration:
“I hope that the Web3 industry will regain its attention and vitality, and that various new projects will be born.”
EOS Foundation CEO Yves La Rose watched on from the crowd during Kishida’s address and tweeted that the prime minister’s words signal a welcoming attitude towards Web3 that is being fostered in Asia:
While the West continues to antagonize blockchain companies, Asia is welcoming us in with their arms wide open.
In Asia, the future is bright for crypto! pic.twitter.com/eZ9puYdzoR
— Yves La Rose (@BigBeardSamurai) July 25, 2023
Kishida went on to describe the Web3 sector as “the new form of capitalism” and hailed its the movement’s potential to drive growth through the “resolution of social issues”.
The opening speech given by Koichi Hagiuda, Japan’s Liberal Democratic party’s Policy Research Council chairman, noted Japan’s efforts to establish a strict regulatory framework aimed at protecting investors that form the basis of further promotional Web3 policies.
Hagiuda also highlighted projects like the “Start Next Innovator” as key in driving the growth of Japanese-owned Web3 businesses. Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry ministry project is sending 1,000 entrepreneurs and students to Silicon Valley over a five year campaign to foster Web3 startups.
Binance begins life in Japan
As reported by BNNBloomberg, Binance is set to offer its services to Japanese cryptocurrency users from August onwards. The company acquired local exchange platform Sakura Exchange Bitcoin (SEBC) in November 2022.
As the exchange outlined at the announcement of the deal, the 100% acquisition of the Japanese-registered crypto exchange service provider paved the way for Binance’s reentry into the country.
June 2023 saw a flurry of headlines involving Japan and the Web3 sector. The national tax agency revised legislation which exempts token issuers in the country from paying corporate taxes on unrealized cryptocurrency gains.