SBI and SMFG to Launch Blockchain Exchange in 2022
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SBI Holdings in a cooperation with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) will launch a blockchain-based stock exchange in the spring of 2022. According to Nikkei, the exchange will be located in Osaka and the main goal is to compete against the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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The exchange will reportedly be the first Japanese blockchain-based exchange to operate with digital securities. Prior to the launch, the both companies will create the operator dubbed the Osaka Digital Exchange in March this year. SBI will control 60% of the exchange, and SMFG 40%.

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