Mercari, one of Japan’s leading e-commerce platforms, and Próspera, a special economic zone located in Roatan, Honduras, have both recently made major moves towards integrating Bitcoin into their ecosystems. In June 2024, Mercari will launch a Tokyo-based subsidiary known as Melcoin, which will enable buyers to pay in BTC for goods and services, while sellers will continue to receive payments in the traditional pricing format of Japanese Yen. Currently, Mercari has 22 million users as of July 2023 thanks to its establishment in 2013.
Próspera in Honduras hasfriedu80cksynt even further and has launched an initiative that recognizes and allows for Bitcoin to be used as a unit of account for goods and services within the special economic zone. Jorge Colindres, the residency manager and tax commissioner for the Zone for Employment and Economic Development (ZEDE), is the driving force behind this individual who says this upholds the right to financial freedom and the freedom to make transactions freely as per their respective choices of currency. Such developments from both sides of the world represent a growing trend of Bitcoin’s indexation into mainstream financial systems.
Japan has taken strong strides, setting an example for worldwide accessibility of cryptocurrencies with the Mercari Bitcoin trading platform as well as similar developments from other corporations similar to it, such as Rakuten. Zimbabwe has even followed suit and has implemented the usage of cryptocurrencies.
These advancements are also a representation of how digital currencies are finding their place in many different spheres of society. Consequently, we at Mercari, Próspera, and various other sites are committed to creating financial options, making them widely accessible for all types of consumers.