MUFG and Bradesco create Ripple-s with new cross-border payment service
Through this MoU, MUFG has decided to start the collaborative development for payments between Japan and Brazil using Ripple’s blockchain technology.
The idea, like many others around the fintech world, is to work toward commercialising a “high-speed, transparent and traceable” solution between the two nations.
These are early days as it’s an MoU but MUFG has shown plenty of interest in Ripple and blockchain before.
In 2017, the Japanese bank said it would join Ripple’s interbank group of transaction bankers responsible for building, maintaining, and enhancing rules.
Meanwhile, the MoU is an extension of an existing September 2017 collaboration agreement between MUFG and Bradesco. In fact, they say their relationship dates back to 1973 when an MUFG predecessor bank invested in the Brazilian financial institution.
If you’re into history, then MUFG points out that it has had a presence in Brazil since 1919, when Yokohama Specie Bank, another MUFG Bank predecessor bank, opened a branch in Rio de Janeiro – the first Japanese financial institution to establish a foothold in Brazil.
As you may know, both nations have close ties outside of fintech. More than 1.6 million Brazilians are of Japanese descent, making Brazil host to the largest Japanese community outside Japan.
At the same time, Japan is host to the third largest Brazilian population, most being of Japanese origin.