Tag - cryptocurrencies



The role of cryptocurrencies in terrorist financing has once again come into focus after the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
Oct 25, 2023
Crypto's role in terrorist financing comes under renewed scrutiny
Cryptocurrency's role in terrorist financing has come under renewed scrutiny following a deadly attack in Israel by Palestinian militant group Hamas.
A portion of a Microsoft data center that supports the Pentagon, and is next door to a bitcoin mine operated by Chinese-owned Bit Origin, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Sept. 29. Aside from the intelligence-gathering concerns over Chinese bitcoin mines in the U.S., the energy sucking facilities can also put immense pressure on power grids.
Oct 14, 2023
Across U.S., Chinese bitcoin mines draw national security scrutiny
Microsoft reported one site in because of its proximity to a nuclear missile base. Other cryptocurrency facilities have ties to the Chinese state.
Caroline Ellison (left), former chief executive officer of Alameda Research LLC, exits court in New York on Tuesday. Her ex-boyfriend and former boss, FTX Co-Founder Sam Bankman-Fried, is charged with seven counts of fraud and money laundering following the collapse of his cryptocurrency empire last year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 11, 2023
Sam Bankman-Fried's ex says he directed her to commit crimes
In her first day of testimony, Caroline Ellison, 28, portrayed Sam Bankman-Fried as the brains behind fraudulent operations at FTX.
A cryptocurrency mining center in Russia
Sep 27, 2023
Bitcoin’s power-hungry history offers lessons for AI’s future
As AI grows, so does its energy footprint, but its developers needn't look much further than bitcoin's recent past to find climate-friendly solutions.
Self-proclaimed president of the "Free Republic of Liberland" Vit Jedlicka (center) poses with the Liberland flag and future citizens in the village of Backi Monostor, Serbia, in May 2015
WORLD / Society
Sep 25, 2023
Breakaway Balkans micronation dreams of a crypto future
"Liberland" has attracted libertarian supporters across the globe who see a natural harmony between libertarianism and crypto.
A ceremony to establish the Cyber Affairs Bureau and the National Cyber Unit of the National Police Agency is held in Tokyo on April 1, 2022.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2023
Japan makes progress on international cyber probe collaboration
Investigative information from the National Cyber Unit was used successfully overseas for the prosecution of a suspect.
The hack of a U.S. IT management company shows how North Korean cyber spies are now tackling companies that can give them broader access to multiple victims downstream — a tactic known as a "supply chain attack."
Jul 21, 2023
North Korean hackers breached U.S. IT company in bid to steal cryptocurrency
The hack shows how North Korean cyber spies are now tackling companies that can give them broader access to multiple victims downstream.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Signs 'crypto winter' ending as regulatory fog begins to lift
Crypto assets are now trading near or above levels plumbed following the collapse of the FTX exchange last November.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
The mighty U.S. dollar can fight off the digital upstarts
The de-dollarization project is counting on blockchain technology to end the greenback’s hegemony. The hope may be misplaced.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2023
When it comes to crypto, turmoil in the U.S. could be a boon for Japan
With a solid legal framework already in place, some players see the U.S. crypto downturn as an opportunity for Japan to advance its standing in the field.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Japan’s biggest bank in talks to issue global stablecoins
MUFG is in discussions with multiple parties about using its blockchain platform, Progmat, to mint stablecoins tied to foreign currencies.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2023
Takashi Murakami loves and fears AI
Speaking at an exhibition opening in France, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami offered his thoughts on the positives and negatives of AI.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
U.S. SEC crackdown on Coinbase and Binance puts crypto exchanges on notice
The lawsuits expand the overall number of cryptocurrencies that the U.S. regulator has explicitly identified as securities.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2023
U.S. sues Binance and founder Zhao over 'web of deception'
The SEC alleges that, among other things, Binance artificially inflated its trading volumes, diverted customer funds and failed to restrict U.S. customers from its platform.
Japan Times
May 31, 2023
The AI gold rush will take humanity to some dark places
Encoding iris scans on the blockchain shows a need to curb Silicon Valley’s savior complex.
Japan Times
May 15, 2023
Henry Ford and the lesson crypto enthusiasts must learn
As with automakers at the turn of the last century, the more promising investment approach to digital assets now is to think about what technologies will be needed if the sector takes off.
Japan Times
May 10, 2023
Banking crisis concerns loom over G7 finance ministers meeting
As well as tackling the issue of crypto regulation, the ministers and central bank governors will be looking to strengthen the global financial system.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2023
As missile tests escalate, North Korea plays cyberespionage long game
Pyongyang has unleashed a raft of digital weapons ultimately aimed at supporting its nuclear ambitions, threat intelligence firm Mandiant said in a report.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2023
Brazil soccer players say they fell victim to crypto scam
Nottingham Forest midfielder Gustavo Scarpa and two of his former teammates at Palmeiras all claim to have lost huge sums to a crypto firm called Xland, which promised large monthly returns.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2023
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried's bid to shift blame complicated by new charges
The latest federal charges against Bankman-Fried appear to undermine some of the public claims he has made since the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on