Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) has introduced its digital currency before Japan issues a CBDC.
CBDC Tested Using Current Payments Infrastructure
According to JCB’s projection, the adoption of CBDCs may be constrained in the future if older people and small children are required to use a new payment infrastructure.
As a result, the company wants to evaluate CBDC acceptability using its current payment infrastructure, including its contactless payment system, merchants, POS terminals, and user interfaces that employ plastic cards.
The payment service is collaborating with a renowned fintech business, Soft Space, and the identity technology company IDEMIA to make this happen. The payment system will be developed by late 2022 with a trial test with Tokyo shops lasting until March 2023.
The cooperation between IDEMIA and JCB and Soft Space, according to managing director Romain Zanolo, involves “redefining the core fundamentals of the payment ecosystem.” Zanolo thinks the collaboration will promote CBDC growth on a worldwide scale. Joel Tay, CEO of Soft Space, also expressed his excitement on the partnership and what it means for the business.
The study demonstrates how successfully new CBDC payment systems can coexist with existing payment acceptance hardware, according to Koremitsu Sannomiya, a Senior Executive Officer of JCB. This will greatly help consumers and businesses, he said.
Japan’s activities are intensifying and becoming more obvious, even though it may not be launching a CBDC anytime soon. The nation has no plans for extensive pilot programs, unlike China. However, the project is still moving steadily in the direction of a new stage. It makes sense that the JCB would prefer to avoid being caught off guard.
Japanese CBDC Could Come In 2026
Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, has previously said that the institution won’t make a decision about issuing a CBDC until 2026.
In addition to developing its own digital currency, JCB has been dabbling in Web3, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. In order to investigate blockchain interoperability and develop a platform for exchanging digital currencies, it teamed up with blockchain company Datachain in December. More recently, it worked with Fujitsu and JP Games to develop a decentralized identity for users of the metaverse. This identification will increase digital data security in the metaverse and gaming industry while enhancing interoperability in NFT markets.
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