Japan Regulator Surprises Crypto Exchanges with Sudden On-Site Inspections

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has reportedly carried out unscheduled onsite inspections at cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi Japan and Fisco Digital Asset Group(FDAG). According to Reuters, the inspection is taking place so that the regulatory body can find out if the exchanges have been taking adequate steps to protect their customers, as well as to check for legal compliance. The report state that the FSA believes that both exchanges currently are not taking the required actions to adequately protect customers and abide by the regulator’s AML requirements. The inspection could potentially…

Japan’s Financial Watchdog Publishes Results of Its On-Site Crypto Exchange Inspections

Japan’s financial watchdog, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has published the results of its on-site inspections of cryptocurrency exchange operators, Cointelegraph Japan reports August 10. Based on its findings, the watchdog has decided to apply more rigorous oversight into new applications from exchanges hoping to receive an official operating license. Newly registered exchanges will be required to undergo on-site inspections at an early stage and the agency plans to closely examine the effectiveness of their business models. According to the agency, there are currently “hundreds” of companies awaiting its review.…