With over 600 million registered users and 200 million monthly active users worldwide, Japanese messaging giant Line has announced plans to start and operate a cryptocurrency exchange.
In an announcement today, the Tokyo-based chat app confirmed that it has filed an application with the Financial Services Agency (FSA) – Japan’s financial regulator – to register and launch a cryptocurrency exchange. The application is currently under review.
It’s a significant move, one which sees Japan’s biggest messaging service announcing its foray into cryptocurrency trading, to be enabled within its chat application that is ubiquitous among some 70 million Japanese users. The messaging app is also massively popular in other regional nations including Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan.