SBI Ripple Asia, a joint venture established by SBI Holdings and San Francisco-based FinTech giant Ripple in early 2016, will soon launch ‘MoneyTap’, CEO Takashi Okita revealed on his own Twitter handle.
MoneyTap is the first real noteworthy application of Ripple’s blockchain tech for consumer-ended retail payments in Japan, enabling domestic bank customers to transact instantly 24 hours a day and seven days a week using a QR code, a phone number or a bank account number.
There is no indication – it’s also unlikely – that the technology uses XRP, Ripple’s native crypto token.
‘Zengin’, Japan’s decades-old national payments clearing platform, only allows domestic money transfers between users of different banks between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM in Japan, with the added pitfalls of banking fees.
As reported by CCN in March, MoneyTap was initially announced by the SBI Ripple-led banking consortium that comprises of over 80% of Japan’s banking assets. The Japan Bank consortium was first launched in November 2016.
MoneyTap’s website does not provide a specific launch date for the mobile app but does reveal the user interface (UI) while confirming the proposed launch, in fall this year (September-December)…