June 23, 2017

[Joint Media Release]
Japan and Australia cooperate on fintech

The Financial Services Agency of Japan ('JFSA') and Australian Securities and Investments Commission ('ASIC') today announced the completion of a framework for co-operation to promote innovation in financial services in Japan and Australia.
This Co-operation Framework recognises the global nature of innovation in financial services.
It will enable JFSA and ASIC to refer innovative fintech businesses to each other for advice and support via JFSA's FinTech Support Desk and ASIC's Innovation Hub.
It also provides a framework for information sharing between the two regulators. This will enable JFSA and ASIC to keep abreast of regulatory and relevant economic or commercial developments in each other's jurisdictions, and help to inform domestic regulatory approaches in the context of a rapidly changing global financial environment.
In recent years, JFSA has been actively involved in creating a supportive environment for Fintech start-ups, through a range of measures including the modification of the legal system and establishment of FinTech Support Desk. In addition to these initiatives, this Framework will encourage Japanese fintech start-ups to engage with innovative financial businesses globally.
This Framework will help open up an important market for Australian fintechs. The Japanese economy is the third largest in the world, with services - including financial services - accounting for about three quarters of GDP.
Shunsuke Shirakawa, JFSA Vice Commissioner for International Affairs, said, ‘We are delighted to establish this Co-operation Framework with ASIC. ASIC is one of the leading Fintech regulators that actively promote fintech by taking progressive actions including setup of the Innovation Hub. We believe that this Framework further strengthens our relationship and facilitates our co-operation in further developing our respective markets.’
ASIC Commissioner John Price said, 'Japan has been a world leader in technology for a long time. As we move into a new era of financial regulation, we look forward to sharing experiences and insights with our colleagues at JFSA.'
A formal 'Exchange of Letters' ceremony between State Minister of Cabinet Office, Takao Ochi, and Australian Ambassador to Japan, the Hon Richard Court AC took place in Tokyo today to seal the Framework.
This Co-operation Framework further underlines the strength and closeness of the broader Australia-Japan trade and investment relationship.



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