Japan is pitching itself as the next big hotspot to incubate Web3 projects, revolving around cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens, blockchain gaming, and the metaverse. Despite regulatory uncertainty and the element of volatility linked to the sector, Japan is ready to host players working in the Web3 industry. Fumio Kishida, the Prime Minister of Japan, has expressed his excitement about the upcoming transformation of Internet as we know and use today. Web3 is the next iteration of the Internet, which will largely rely on blockchain networks rather than traditional data servers.
“Web3 is part of the new form of capitalism,” Kishida reportedly said in his keynote address for the WebX conference in Tokyo, Japan.
The country is looking to generate employment numbers to help its citizens, as well as its economy, via Web3 projects.
Kishida took the opportunity at the WebX conference to express his faith in Web3 to bring in solutions of several social issues along with itself.
The crypto market has been showing an accelerating movement in terms of adoption for the last three years.
As of the end of 2022, the number of active crypto asset accounts in Japan was estimated to have reached around 3.72 million, up from 3.21 million recorded in 2021.
In terms of NFT and metaverse-friendly sector and video gaming, Japan holds a significant share.
Japan is the third biggest market in the video gaming industry behind the US and China. Japan's video game market accounts for 16 percent of the global market size, as per Statista.
Infact, over 55 percent of the global gaming community resides in Asia. The continent contributes over $72 billion (roughly Rs. 5,88,230 crore) in annual gaming revenue.
A recent Chainalysis report also highlighted that in the second quarter of 2022, 58 percent of web traffic from Asian nations to crypto services was NFT-related. Another 21 percent traffic was related to play-to-earn blockchain games.
Hence, it does not seem like an unnatural decision for Japan to provide support for the up-and-coming Web3 industry.
Earlier in April, Bitget, a Seychelles-based crypto exchange, decided to provide $100 million (roughly Rs. 819 crore) in the Asian Web3 market.
Last year in May, Kishida had said that Japan would develop and foster a promotional environment for Web3, blockchain, NFTs, and the metaverse.
As per the Japanese authorities, crypto technology in itself is not to be blamed for risking the financial stability of crypto investors. Rather, it's the lack of rules governing the sector that has not been able to make the sector safe to engage with.
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