While many investors are clearly focused on the current price of Bitcoin, now trading just above the $6,000 level, the number of ICOs and more importantly, conferences are increasing each day here in Japan and of course around the world. On June 26, tomorrow, JBC or Japan Blockchain Conference 2018 Tokyo begins and according to the advertisements, around 10,000 participants are expected. Also, there are over 100 entities expected to participate. There are VIP rates and regular rates ranging from 40 US dollars to 500 US dollars (4,000 and 50,000 yen respectively). Recognized names as guest speakers are abundant, with Robert Ver, Vitaly Dobnin, and Miko Matsura to name a few.
Then there is TokenSky, a conference at Belle Salle Shiodome Event Hall on July 4 and 5. This conference is expected to have 120 booths, 5,000 attendees and 150 speakers. Miki Hayama, Head of Japan Operations for NEO Blockchain, Smart Economy will be speaking, as well as Shiho Hongo, TokenSky Co-Chair Director of Japan Asia investment group.
These conferences underscore the interest from the private sector in Japan for crypto and blockchain ecosystems. One interesting point is the number of speakers who are driving their own companies and are part of a wide range of support groups who are part of the Tokyo foundation of new entrepreneurs. Combine these conferences and speakers with the commitment by Japanese regulators to build a safe and secure investment environment and Japan leadership starts to make sense. And as the number of Japanese exchanges grow, with a regulatory framework that is leading Asia, expect more innovation and start-ups, including Unicorns, to make their home in Tokyo.
We will be visiting conferences, interviewing founders of start-ups and promoting new blockchain ideas on our platform in the future. Stay tuned for more ideas from out office in Shibya, the ground zero of Japan`s new crypto and blockchain world.
Japan leadership continues….