Thirteen members of The Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association (JCBA) confirmed their plan to suspend Bitcoin operations on August 1. The agreement was reached because of the chance of Bitcoin protocol being split on August 1 at 9:00 am Japan time. The following bitcoin exchanges confirmed the agreement:
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Bitflyer – the largest bitcoin exchange in Japan, didn’t confirm whether they will participate or not. However, according to numerous rumors, they will come to a decision with one this week.
The suspension is expected on August 1, 2017, at 00:00 Japan time. Nonetheless, the JCBA suggests that “in the event of the fork happening sooner than Aug 1, the suspension date/time may be advanced depending on the situation.”
It is not clear yet when service will start working again. The association assumes that the acceptance of bitcoins and the resumption of withdrawals will start by 16:00 August 4, 2017 (Japan time).