Ginco wallet app launches decentralized exchange for crypto investors outside Japan

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Tokyo-based Ginco, the Japanese startup developing a multi-cryptocurrency wallet app, officially announced the launch of its decentralized exchange (DEX) on the app. The availability of the DEX function will be limited to users outside Japan for the time being because it may require them to register as a “virtual currency exchanger” with the Financial Services Agency (FSA), the Japanese monetary authority.

Muuto Morikawa, CEO of Ginco, unveiled the DEX function to be already live for overseas users during the Pitch Arena competition at B Dash Camp 2018 Fall, the startup conference held in Fukuoka last month. In order to allow users to buy / sell different cryptocurrencies in the app with each other, integration with KyberSwap, an application program interface by Singapore-based DEX project Kyber Network. was realized.

Starting with a cryptowallet app, Ginco aims to build a comprehensive asset platform that can deal with all types of cryptocurrencies. Their other services include a crypto-mining business in Mongolia (launched in June) and development of a hardware wallet (planned for launch next year). The exact launch schedule for the exchange function in Japan is yet unclear because it is totally up to talks with FSA.

Ginco won the Arena competition at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2018 back in September, which followed the securing of $1.4 million from Global Brain in a seed round earlier this year.

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Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy