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Crypto exchange Kraken set to leave Japan, thanks to these reasons

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Crypto exchange Kraken set to leave Japan, thanks to these reasons

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  • Crypto exchange Kraken has announced that it will exit the Japanese Market in January 2023. 
  • The move comes two years after the exchange re-entered Japan in 2020. 

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Kraken has announced that it will be suspending its business operations in Japan next year. This marks the second time that Kraken has departed from the island nation after it made a similar move back in 2018. 

Crypto market downturn has led to this decision

Kraken has blamed the rising cost of maintaining its business in the island nation, paired with the crypto market downturn for this decision. According to a statement released by the exchange, it will cease its operations by 31 January 2023, and deregister from the country’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency. 

“Current market conditions in Japan in combination with a weak crypto market globally mean the resources needed to further grow our business in Japan aren’t justified at this time,” the statement read. The exchange’s Japanese operations were managed by Payward Asia Inc, one of its subsidiaries. 

Kraken users will have to liquidate their positions and withdraw their funds, both fiat, and crypto, before 31 January. The exchange has clarified that the departure from Japan will only affect the users who signed up for its Japanese subsidiary, and not Japanese customers based elsewhere. 

Kraken leaves Japan for a second time

According to a report published by CNBC, Kraken has indicated that it may consider returning to Japan in the future. “After we have had a chance to better catch up to our rapid growth, we will consider the possibility of resuming service for Japan residents,” the report stated. 

This is the second time that Kraken is exiting the Japanese market. The exchange made a similar move back in 2018, only to return two years later in September 2020. The latest decision to depart from Japan comes a month after the exchange laid off 30% of its workforce. 

Meanwhile, rival crypto exchange Binance announced last month that it will be re-entering the Japanese market, four years after it left. The re-entry was made possible with the acquisition of Sakura Exchange BitCoin (SEBC), a Japan Financial Services Agency-licensed business. 


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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