On Monday, The Bank of Japan (BOJ) began experiments to study the feasibility of issuing its own digital currency, joining efforts by other central banks that are aiming to match the innovation in the field achieved by the private division.
The first phase of experiments, to be carried out until March 2022, will focus on testing the technical feasibility of issuing, distributing, and redeeming a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the BOJ said in a statement.
The BOJ will thereafter move to the second phase of experiments that will scrutinise more detailed functions, such as whether to set limits on the amount of CBDC each entity can hold.
BOJ Executive Director Shinichi Uchida said last month. If necessary, the central bank will launch a pilot program that involves payment service providers and end-users.
“While there is no change in the BOJ’s stance it currently has no plan to issue CBDC, we believe initiating experiments at this stage is a necessary step,” Uchida told a committee of policymakers and bank lobbies looking into CBDC.