HitBTC has promised to reinstate trading for Japanese users later this year as it works on launching a subsidiary.
In a blog post, the world’s eighth-largest exchange by volume - according to Coinmarketcap data - outlined its plan of action after users received letters warning them that the exchange would freeze Japan-linked accounts over “compliance” issues.
“The company has been in consultation with the regulator and decided to suspend its operations for Japanese residents to comply with current regulation,” the post reads.
“The measure has been taken in response to recent regulatory changes by the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA), and will apply only to those living in the country.”
While not stating which exact “changes” had led to the move, the exchange appears to have planned a shake-up of its Japanese availability for some time.
“Previously this year, HitBTC team started working with a worldwide-recognized Japanese law firm, the cooperation aimed to get HitBTC through the local subsidiary setup and licensing procedure to resume its services for Japan residents,” the post continues, adding it was also in touch with unnamed “authorities and regulatory bodies from different regions worldwide” over the issue.
HitBTC meanwhile plans to launch its subsidiary operations in Q3 this year.