There appears to be a disagreement within the top echelons of Japan’s government on the threat that China’s CBDC poses to the nation. Just last week, Kenji Okamura, vice-finance minister for Japan’s international affairs voiced concerns over its neighbor’s efforts in the space, stating “first-mover advantage is something we should be afraid of.”
Today’s statement from Kazushige Kamiyama, who leads the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) CBDC efforts, appears to contradict this previous sentiment. He said that on the contrary, the first-mover advantage may easily turn into a disadvantage, and that no single digital currency will dominate:
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