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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

Banks are often slow to adopt the latest technology, and in many cases that is warranted. As highly regulated institutions tasked with protecting valuable data, banks understandably want to avoid “running with scissors.” By starting slow with simply implementing APIs in a few areas, they can begin to modernize and ultimately provide streamlined payments solutions, like RTPs, to their largest pool of customers. Read the full story on Trade Finance Global.

INSIGHTS

Over the past decade, the banking industry has made great strides when it comes to providing customers with better digital experiences – thanks in part to the rise of innovations like cloud computing and APIs. Increased competition from startup fintechs has also motivated banks to offer a broader range of digital products and services. Read More

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