Firm Behind Japanese Cryptocurrency ‘Spindle’ to Relocate to London Amid Investigation

 

The Japanese cryptocurrency Spindle, known for being promoted by the Japanese popular singer, actor and talent Gakuto Oshiro (45), aka GACKT, has announced it’s withdrawing from Tokyo to relocate its headquarters in London, amidst rumours that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police is investigating unregistered sales of cryptocurrencies made by the company.

Japan Unsuitable for Crypto Business

GACKT told news.Bitcoin.com in an interview online that there is a considerable disparity in Japan compared to overseas in regard to crypto, explaining, “Black Star&Co. decided to move to London, where it originally started, because [in Japan] it takes a tremendous amount of time for various procedures to take place. [They decided] it would not be suitable for a cryptocurrency business, which essentially needs to be speedy, to remain in such an environment.”

Japanese Cryptocurrency Spindle to Relocate in London Amid Investigation
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Black Star&Co, the developer company behind Spindle, said it will withdraw from Tokyo to take up an office in London from August 15th, where it shall be known as Black Star Capital Ltd (UK). The company was earlier involved in a scandal that shook the Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Seiko Noda, accused by Japanese media of exercising pressure on a government investigation into a crypto exchange company.

In January 2018, Noda’s secretary and aide allegedly invited an agent of the Financial Service Agency (FSA) and a representative of the cryptocurrency exchange operator to her parliamentary office to ask general questions. As a cabinet minister, Noda was accused of exerting pressure on an official government investigation.

On July 19th, it was reported that the company tied to Spindle and GACKT was suspected by the FSA of violating the fund settlement law and that it had been slapped with a warning in mid-January 2018. The company, which began dealing its own cryptocurrency, Spindle, aka GACKT Coins in October 2017, received administrative guidance from the FSA in February 2018 to discontinue selling cryptocurrencies.

Japanese Cryptocurrency Spindle to Relocate in London Amid Investigation

However, the spindle (SPD) altcoin, which was listed on five foreign crypto exchanges in May, was pre-sold with one coin priced at 30 yen ($0.27 US), but the value later lowered to less than 0.4 yen ($0.0036 US). Investors who believed in GACKT, the promoter of Spindle, and purchased the coins made a significant loss. Moreover, GACKT and his allies sold immediately after the coin was listed, and made a lot money from doing so, news.livedoor.com reported. It was also reported that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit has been extremely attentive to such opaque transactions.

Spindle Investors Will Be Upset

In a press release, the company announced that it is moving its head office from Tokyo to London because it has more partners familiar with the technology and design in Europe and in the U.S. “We wish to keep in close contact with them,” the company said in the press release. “Given Japan’s current stance on [crypto] regulation and financial investments, it is difficult to expand further our business [here],” the company said in a statement. An individual involved in IT business told the Japanese press that Spindle had hired GACKT as a ‘publicity man’ in order to target Japanese people in general, including his fans. “If [GACKT] plans to move away from Japan now, many people will be really upset. Many will take this as he’s running away just before the authorities approach them,” the man told news.livedoor.com. The company also stated its intention to change its personnel related to project advisory.

“Japanese people are extremely dependent on statutory currencies issued by the country and the nation’s administration also has a low understanding of cryptocurrency itself,” GACKT told news.Bitcoin.com, “it is actually safer for investors to put Spindle in an infrastructure management where it can expand, grow and thrive,” he concluded.

What do you think of Spindle moving out of Japan as the police is reportedly investigating its earlier sales of spindle coins? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Author Nathalie Stucky

Nathalie Stucky is a Tokyo-based Swiss journalist. Prior to joining the Bitcoin.com news department, she was a freelance journalist and contributor at The Daily Beast and Japan Subculture Research Center. Nathalie is also the author and co-author of the digital book Pay the Devil in Bitcoin, published at Amazon Kindle Japan in 2017.

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