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TOKYO – July 19, 2017 – Next generation payments software technology provider, Episode Six (www.EpisodeSix.com), today announced it is opening an office in Tokyo to meet the growing demand for fintech solutions in Japan and the Asian region. Additionally, the Company announced that payments and finance industry veteran, Oko Okamoto, has joined the Company to oversee Episode Six’s new Tokyo office as General Manager of Episode Six Japan. Read More

SBI Investment Co., Ltd. (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Katsuya Kawashima; hereinafter “SBI Investment”), is a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, Inc. (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Yoshitaka Kitao), which conducts investments and management of venture capital funds. SBI Investment hereby announces that it has invested in Episode Six Limited (hereinafter “Episode Six”) through the FinTech Fund. Read More

IN THE NEWS

Next-generation payments software technology provider Episode Six today announced Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), one of the world’s largest comprehensive printing companies, will license its software for use in a new and innovative Japan-based payments program. With this partnership, advanced ledger and transaction management capabilities offered through Episode Six are being introduced to the broader Asian market, spearheaded by DNP’s adoption.*BanklessTimes

The EU Revised Payment Services Directive, or PSD2, came into effect January 2018. While this expansive regulation includes numerous updates, the requirement for financial institutions to participate in an open banking system is arguably the most disruptive. PaymentsJournal

INSIGHTS

Real-time payments (RTPs) have long been a dream for consumers and the financial industry alike, but so far have yet to become ubiquitous. In the U.S., the legacy systems used to run banks – and the rails on which payments are moved – simply weren’t built to handle RTPs. Read More

In Q4 2017, I touched on three data-backed reasons why Asia is the perfect incubator for fintech innovation. The region has leapfrogged legacy payment methods, China’s government endorsed the Social Credit System (SCS) – which translates into the greater potential to open the fintech market beginning in 2020 – and simply put, consumers in Asia are much less worried about online security when compared to consumers in America. Read More