Japanese exchange Coincheck has announced it will re-enable customers to withdraw their fiat yen deposits next week. In an announcement today, the embattled exchange confirmed it will remove the temporary suspension of Japanese Yen (JPY) withdrawals from customers’ accounts at the exchange. The suspension was put in place to ‘protect and ensure the integrity of customer assets’, the exchange said, after laying claim to the dubious honor of suffering the biggest hack in the history of the cryptocurrency era.
Cryptocurrency prices went south on Monday after Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced that it may conduct on-site inspections of domestic cryptocurrency exchanges in response to Coincheck’s $530 million hack. The Bitcoin price led the retreat with a five percent decline, and most other top-tier coins followed suit.
As a rule, Japan has been very welcoming to the nascent cryptocurrency industry, and favorable regulatory policies have enabled the country to become one of the ecosystem’s central hubs.
How do you lose $400 million in crypto currency? That’s the question that one of Japan’s biggest crypto currency exchanges Coincheck is trying to answer. Coincheck’s co-founder Yusuke Otsuka said 500 million NEM coins worth about $400 milion were sent illicitly outside the venue. The news has spooked investors in Japan, where many investors are still wary of crypto currency exchanges 4 years after the Mt. Gox collapse, which was the world’s leading Bitcoin exchange at time, and Mt Gox hacking and collapse had crashed the price of Bitcoin by nearly 90% at that time from $1000 to $100 within a week. This new loss in Jan 2018 is one of the biggest of investor assets since Bitcoin’s launch. Japan’s Financial Services Agency is looking into the case.