Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research (NICMR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., announced on March 30, 2020, the establishment of a dedicated research group1 on the use of blockchain technology in financial markets, in collaboration with Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. and BOOSTRY Co., Ltd. The research group, which comprises experts from industry, government and academia, has concluded its research and NICMR has published a report on its findings.
The report points out that as a new funding tool security token offerings (STO) could appeal to a wide range of investors, both those motivated by monetary and non-monetary reasons, as well as investors with different levels of assets.
Household financial assets are on the decline due to Japan's falling birthrate and aging population. According to the report, STOs would allow companies to raise capital from a new class of investors leading to the expansion of the capital markets, and this would contribute to the shift from savings to investing and asset accumulation in Japan.
The report also identifies three areas for attention: ensuring the smooth operation of secondary markets to support active primary markets; tax-related considerations in light of the fact that blockchain bonds are not book-entry bonds; and laws on non-monetary returns and clarification on how these returns are to be treated in practical terms.
NICMR believes that STOs and the development of secondary markets will contribute to the growth of Japan's capital markets. Through the report, NICMR hopes to contribute to these efforts.