In the region where all of it began, Japan was recently considering the possibility of launching its own CBDC, but that plan has been put on hold for good. Bitcoin is reported to be created by a Japanese person by name of Satoshi Nakamoto, so in a way, it is the birthplace of the crypto market.
CBDCs, on the other hand, are the regulated counterparts of the crypto world who might behave as a crypto entity, but these are under the grip of centralized regulatory authorities.
Lack of Public Interest
Earlier since 2021, the bank of Japan has been crediting the development and the launch of a CBDC that could get the public enthused, but there doesn’t happen to be any spark of interest whatsoever. People either do not want a CBDC, according to the reports from the Bank of Japan, or they are too content with the use of already present cryptocurrencies such as the likes of Bitcoin, Ether, and many others.
But this isn’t the case. The general disinterest in the ideas of a CBDC is because of the fact that people prefer to use digital payment solutions that are private due to the incentives that these offer, such as consumer points, tokens, and amazing discounts. And on top of everything else, almost everyone in Japan has access to the standard banking system, which means they can get their financial needs fulfilled without having to rely on a decentralized source to do so.
The idea of developing the CBDCs has only been shelved, which means that the bank has not given a red light on completely halting the operation. At present, there doesn’t seem to be much interest among the public in the issuance or development of a CBDC, but as the economy grows and other countries entertain the thought of developing their own CBDCs, Japan would have to jump in the ring.
Until that happens, the whole idea has been shelved, and the regulatory offices will continue working towards having proper control over the decentralized entities and cryptocurrencies.