Japanese e-commerce agency Rakuten introduced main replace of its Rakuten Pay cellular app shall be launched on March 18, in accordance with the agency’s 2018 earnings launch, printed on Feb. 12. The app’s new construction seems to point that it’s going to assist cryptocurrency funds along with fiat.
In line with the corporate’s presentation materials for the fourth quarter and the total yr of 2018, the brand new model of the app will characteristic “all fee options embedded into one platform.”
As Cointelegraph reported in January, and the latest supplies affirm, Rakuten — identified informally as “Japan’s Amazon”— revealed a revision to its company construction. The restructured firm contains the agency’s cryptocurrency change “All people’s Bitcoin” as a part of a newly established funds subsidiary, Rakuten Fee. The fee subsidiary, which was beforehand its loyalty subsidiary underneath the identify “Highlight,” can even embody the company’s pay as you go card service, Rakuten Edy.
The agency’s earnings launch specifies that Edy shall be supported within the up to date app and likewise signifies assist for QR code funds. Although the app replace doesn’t explicitly be aware crypto assist, the corporate’s specification that “all fee options” shall be supported on the platform implies assist for crypto funds as part of its subsidiary, Rakuten Fee.
Rakuten acquired Japanese crypto change All people’s Bitcoin in August 2018 in a $2.four million deal. On the time, firm representatives reported that the agency was “contemplating entry into the cryptocurrency change trade” because it believes “the position of cryptocurrency-based funds in e-commerce, offline retail and in P2P funds will develop sooner or later.”
In its earnings launch, Rakuten reported a internet revenue for 2018 of about 141.9 billion yen (about $1.three billion), a 28.four % year-over-year improve from 2017.
In March 2015, Rakuten additionally introduced that it had began accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as a fee choice on its American portal, Rakuten.com.
One other Japanese web and finance big, SBI Holdings, has additionally proven main curiosity within the crypto sphere. The agency launched its personal crypto change, Vctrade, in July. The change began accepting deposits in a number of main cryptocurrencies in December 2018.