New Virtual Currency Bitcoin Cash Created (News)
Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)—A new virtual currency called "bitcoin cash" was created early Wednesday as a result of the split of bitcoin.
The market price of bitcoin briefly showed wild fluctuations following the split, but no major loss of customer assets has been confirmed so far, market sources said.
Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange operator BtcBox Co. started trading services for bitcoin cash on the day. One bitcoin cash traded at around ¥30,000 to ¥40,000 as of Wednesday morning, according to BtcBox officials.
In theory, the combined price of bitcoin and bitcoin cash is unchanged from the price of bitcoin before the split. Major Japanese virtual currency exchange operators are planning to take such measures as exchanging the bitcoin held by customers for the same amount of bitcoin cash.
But the price of bitcoin and that of bitcoin cash could start moving differently depending on their credibility, as well as trading volume and other factors at exchanges.
"The real price of bitcoin cash is not certain yet," said Oda Genki, president of Tokyo-based virtual currency exchange operator Bitpoint Japan Co. His company will study trading rules after examining price movements, Oda added.
The split came after overseas virtual currency exchange operators were at odds over a revamp of the trading system following a surge in bitcoin trading volume.
As no integrated entity similar to a central bank exists to control bitcoin, there had been concerns over possible confusion stemming from the split.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]