Recent changes have made it restrictive for Japanese citizens who are using OKX, an international cryptocurrency exchange. This action is a result of Japan’s efforts to protect investors, maintain the integrity of the financial system, and stop illegal activity related to cryptocurrencies.
Users of OKX who provided feedback claim the issue began from June 26, 2023
The entire cryptocurrency market has experienced rapid development and widespread acceptance in recent years, drawing an impressive amount of traders from all over the world. Japan has been keeping a close eye on this changing environment because of its technology developments and progressive legislative attitude to cryptocurrencies.
OKX faces operating difficulties in Japan
NFTStudio24 visited the OKX website, and it stated: “OKX Exchange products are not accessible in your area.”
OKX claims that the service is “not accessible due to Japanese laws and regulations.” “By presenting a legitimate government-issued ID, you could continue to use OKX’s exchange services if you don’t reside in Japan.”
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On Twitter, some customers claimed that once they had finished their KYC, they were able to withdraw funds from OKX, whereas other individuals stated that their withdrawals were being rejected since they were still finishing their KYC.
Know Your Customer (KYC) can also refer to Know Your Client. When establishing an account and on a regular basis after that, the client’s identity must be identified and verified through a process called KYC, or KYC check. In a nutshell, banks need to confirm that their customers are actually who they say they are.
Furthermore, certain buyers of the native token “SUI ” of the next layer 1 blockchain Sui, which was sold at OKX in April, had their purchases locked for a set period of time. They were unable to cash out the entire amount.
It needs to be noted that OKX is an exchange that lacks a Japanese license to conduct cryptocurrency asset exchange activity.