Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui launches the country’s first ‘a-1’ rated security token

Japan-based bank Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, or SMTB, has launched its first asset-backed securities token in partnership with Securitize on March 29.

The instrument is the first security token compliant with the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA) to launch in the Japanese Market. The token has obtained an “a-1 rating” from Japanese score company, Rating and Investment Information, Inc, suggesting the product could be very more likely to fulfill its short-term obligations.

The token was created by tokenizing paper-based beneficiary certificates representing investor possession to an underlying asset. SMTB has additionally created a belief firm to handle its underlying securitized investments.

SMTB issued the product utilizing Securitize’ security tokenization platform. Securitize was based in the United States in 2017, earlier than launching a Japanese division that secured funding backed from a few of the nation’s main corporations together with Sony, SBI, and Softank.

In March 2020, Securitize partnered with Tokyo-based LIFULL to create a tokenized actual property funding platform.

In an announcement shared with Cointelegraph, SMBT’s Hirohito Niji expressed pleasure in the bank embracing digital securities, stating:

“We are committed to proactively develop and deliver innovative solutions to our customers with their changing needs by combining cutting-edge digital technologies and our conventional trust bank expertise.”

SMBT is a member of the Japan Security Token Association alongside native telecom giants NTT and Softbank. The agency first started exploring blockchain in October 2016, after they teamed up with IBM to discover utilizing DLT to enhance the effectivity of its asset administration, actual property, and banking companies.

Security token choices, or STOs, have lately been gaining mainstream acceptance in Japan, with the nation’s Financial Services Agency recognizing the Japan STO affiliation in May final 12 months.