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Japanese bank SMBC plans to develop NFT business

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Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMBC Group), which runs one of Japan’s largest banks, said Friday it will work together with blockchain startup HashPort to develop non-fungible token (NFT) and Web3 projects.

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Fast facts

  • SMBC and HashPort plan to set up what they call a token business lab, which aims to experiment on token businesses such as NFTs, according to the Friday statement.

  • In March, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), Japan’s largest bank, teamed up with Animoca Brands to “support the development of the NFT market.”

  • However, it was not always smooth sailing. MUFG said in February it would close its blockchain payment venture due to slow profits.

  • In November, an industry forum consisting of some of Japan’s top banks released a white paper to examine the possibility of a new cryptocurrency backed by bank deposits.

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