According to a news report from Coinpost, the exchange announced the news in an email sent to investors in Japan on Wednesday, stating it will remove the Japanese option from its homepage and suspends trading services from July 2.
In a response to a CoinDesk enquiry, Huobi Pro – currently the third largest exchange in the world by 24-hour trading volume – confirmed the news, but has yet to provide further details such as the plan for users’ asset withdrawals.
As suggested in the Coinpost report, Huobi Pro made the decision to withdraw Japan-based services because is not registered with the Financial Services Agency (FSA), Japan’s financial watchdog, as mandated under a money transaction law introduced in 2016. It is not currently clear if the exchange has been contacted by the FSA over the issue.
Earlier this year, Huobi Pro indicated it was partnering SBI Virtual Currency – the licensed exchange backed by Japanese financial giant SBI Holdings – to launch a regulated platform in Japan. However, the plan was notably scrapped by SBI Virtual Currency back in March…