Japanese giant in e-Commerce Rakuten announced the release of its updated mobile app Pay Rakuten. According to a press release, the release will take place on March 18. Apparently, along with the usual money now the application will support and cryptocurrencies. According to the materials of the presentation of the company for the fourth quarter and full 2018, the new version of the application will be presented to “all payment solution within a single platform”.
As in January, reported Cointelegraph, Rakuten, which is informally considered the “Japanese Amazon,” revised corporate structure. In the restructuring plan of the company is to launch cryptocurrency exchanges Bitcoin Everybody’s in the newly created payment subsidiary of Rakuten Payment. The daughter company, formerly called Spotlight, will also include a pre-paid card Rakuten Edy.
Although precise data about the support of the cryptocurrency yet, a statement like “all payment solution within a single platform,” indirectly alluding to the support of cryptopedia subsidiary of Rakuten Payment.
Recall that Rakuten acquired Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin Everybody’s in August 2018. The amount of the transaction amounted to $ 2.4 million. Then the representatives of the company stated that the company “is considering the possibility of entering the cryptocurrency market,” as he considers the obvious “further spread of cryptopedia in e-Commerce, offline retail and P2P payments”.
In its report on the income stated net profit for the year 2018 in the amount of $ 1.3 billion. This is 28.4 percent compared with 2017 year. In March 2015 the company has already announced that it started accepting bitcoin payments on its U.S. portal Rakuten.com. More data look at cryptocode.