With effect from 23:00:00 JST 30 April 2020 (for users registering for the first time), and 00:00:00 JST 1 May 2020 (for existing registered users), we are restricting access to users who are Japan residents. This will mean a user who is a Japan resident registering on the BitMEX platform for the first time will be unable to trade and any existing registered customers who are Japan residents will not be able to place orders that would open a new position or increase an existing open position. Open positions will otherwise not be affected and will continue in accordance with the terms of the relevant contract.
The restrictions are in response to the amendments to the Japan Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and Japan Payment Services Act effective as of 1 May 2020 following the cabinet order earlier this month. We support the efforts of regulators to help establish standards for cryptocurrency products that will underpin the advancement of this rapidly growing asset class. We will continue to work with the Japanese regulatory authorities to support their aims for the Japan market and will keep our Japan users updated. If customers have any queries please contact Support via our contact form.