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Bitcoin already at the highest historical level in Japan.

Thu 15 Feb 2024 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Nicolas T.
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Bitcoin has just set a historical record against the yen, the currency of Japan. This is also the case in nearly twenty other countries.


Big Bitcoin in Japan

It’s done. Bitcoin has reached an all-time high for the 125 million Japanese people. A single bitcoin is now worth almost 7.8 million yen.

The depreciation of the Japanese currency is to blame. At the time of the previous record, one dollar was worth 104 yen compared to 150 today. That’s a depreciation of nearly 25% in just two years.

These 25% are more or less what separates bitcoin from its record against the dollar. It makes sense. This gap is linked to the exchange rate fluctuation. And since Japan does not practice capital controls, there are no arbitrage opportunities.

The land of the rising sun is not alone. This is also the case for Argentina, Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt, Congo-Kinshasa, Lebanon, Syria, Ghana, Laos, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Pakistan, Suriname, and Venezuela.

These countries represent a population of nearly 1.4 billion people where the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is probably more acute than in the rest of the world.

All these countries are facing double-digit inflation rates. Because of war (Lebanon, Syria), poor harvests (Argentina), American sanctions (Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar), decline in oil production (Nigeria), rising food prices (Egypt, Sierra Leone), etc.

Here are the annual inflation rates:

Argentina: 254%
Lebanon: 192%
Venezuela: 107%
Syria: 84%
Turkey: 64%
Sudan: 63%
Sierra Leone: 52%
Congo: 42%
Iran: 38%
Malawi: 34%
Cuba: 31%
Nigeria: 29%
Egypt: 29%
Ethiopia: 28%
Myanmar: 28%
Pakistan: 28%
Laos: 24%
Ghana: 23%

Many of these countries have capital controls in place to prevent a fall in the exchange rate and further aggravate inflation. In other words, it is now very difficult to easily procure bitcoins there.

That’s why all nations suffering from a trade deficit should attract bitcoin miners. This avoids the need to buy them abroad, which in turn burdens the exchange rate.

Ethiopia seems to have understood this:

“The Ethiopian government will mine bitcoins as part of a partnership with Data Center Service PLC, a subsidiary of West Data Group…”

Despite the prohibition of exchanges (exchange control), Ethiopia has been welcoming bitcoin miners since 2022. Increasingly close ties with China have encouraged Chinese miners to establish themselves there to take advantage of its surplus hydroelectric energy.

The stars are aligning for Bitcoin…

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Nicolas T.

Bitcoin, geopolitical, economic and energy journalist.


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