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Arbitrum set to extend its presence in Japan with a new partnership

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  • Arbitrum Foundation has announced a new partnership to extend its presence in Japan.
  • Japan’s crypto tax system and adoption rate.

The Arbitrum Foundation, which supports the Ethereum layer-2 network Arbitrum, has teamed up with protocol studio Fracton Ventures to launch “Arbitrum Japan.” This strategic initiative aims to strengthen its presence in Japan, focusing on ecosystem development and community education programs. While the exact funding allocation for this initiative remains undisclosed, both the Foundation and Fracton Ventures share a common vision of tapping into the untapped potential within the Japanese region.

Arbitrum is optimistic about the partnership

The Foundation’s Head of Ecosystem Development, Nina Rong, expressed optimism about the partnership’s ability to reach a new demographic of developers, innovators, and blockchain enthusiasts who have yet to fully explore the benefits of blockchain technology. Siddharth Pillai, Head of Partnerships at Fracton Ventures, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the ripe opportunity for blockchain innovation in their region. He believes that, through Arbitrum Japan, the Japanese blockchain sector will gain exposure to leading technology and developer tools, enabling them to harness the full power of blockchain.

Fracton Ventures, based in Japan, will leverage its extensive network of experts, investors, and developers in the region, backed by the support of the Foundation. Together, they plan to undertake a multifaceted approach with a focus on both business development and ecosystem building, as well as education and community support. The partnership’s primary objectives include promoting the growth of the Arbitrum ecosystem in the Japanese market. This will involve facilitating collaboration between web2 and web3 companies, fostering an environment where both can thrive.

Additionally, Arbitrum Japan aims to expand its technical educational content, which will include AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions and hackathons. University ambassadors and community managers will play a vital role in driving consumer adoption of the firm within Japan. Japan has positioned itself as one of the more crypto-friendly jurisdictions, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida recognizing the transformative potential of web3 technologies at a conference in July. In an effort to boost its crypto industry, Japan’s National Tax Agency also exempted crypto issuers from paying capital gains taxes on unrealized gains.

Japan’s crypto tax system and adoption rate

There have been calls within the industry for further revisions to Japan’s crypto tax system. The Japan Blockchain Association has urged the government to cancel taxes on profits from crypto transactions, arguing that such taxes are hindering the growth of web3 businesses in the country. Nina Rong, from the Foundation, emphasized that they have received significant interest from Japanese enterprises and individual developers regarding Arbitrum technology.

Establishing local resources on the ground will allow them to better serve these clients. Looking beyond Japan, the Arbitrum Foundation has plans to expand the firm’s presence in South Korea and other Southeast Asian regions. Arbitrum made significant waves in the cryptocurrency space earlier this year with its token airdrop in March. The airdrop included 1.16 billion tokens as a reward for early users of the Layer-2 network, granting them governance powers over the DAO that governs the Arbitrum One and Nova networks.

However, the project faced controversy with its initial governance proposal, which sought to send 750 million ARB tokens, valued at around $1 billion at the time, to the Arbitrum Foundation for investment in various initiatives. This move was met with backlash from the community due to concerns about decentralization. In response to the community’s concerns, the proposal was divided and put to a vote once again. Subsequently, the Arbitrum Foundation announced that 69 million ($57 million) in unclaimed airdropped ARB tokens were transferred to the Arbitrum DAO treasury.

Arbitrum has established itself as a prominent player in the Ethereum Layer 2 scaling market, boasting the highest total value locked (TVL) at $5.9 billion across Layer 2 chains, representing 55% of the market. Optimism follows with $2.7 billion, and Coinbase’s Base stands at $552 million in TVL. However, Base leads the optimistic rollup scaling solutions in terms of daily new unique addresses and average daily transaction counts, according to data from The Block. As the partnership between the Arbitrum Foundation and Fracton Ventures unfolds, it could potentially drive further growth and adoption of Arbitrum’s Layer 2 technology in Japan and beyond.

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