SBI Holdings President and Representative Director Yoshitaka Kitao mentioned earlier this month that SBI VCTrade will go live in March, which means that verified members will be able to purchase the XRP token, among other tokens, with the Japanese Yen (JPY).
As the order books go live, the Japanese market will have some additional liquidity that will allow for large volumes of cross-border transactions by this group of banks. The VCTrade platform has been anticipated for some time.
— 北尾吉孝 (@yoshitaka_kitao) February 5, 2019
In an interview with Japanese publication Coinpost, Kitao said of XRP’s prospects and utility:
…the use of “xRapid” using XRP is getting widespread, and the number of companies participating in ripple nets is increasing substantially. Therefore, in such a meaning, it seems that the use of Ripple ‘s technology will gradually become used in the form of using “XRP” in the international money transfer field. Virtual currency is tough unless there is “real demand”, but we believe firm “real demand” will come out from now on.
However, the most interesting tidbit of information from the announcement is that SBI’s goal is to have Japanese banks use the XRP token by 2025, in time for the 2025 Osaka Expo. SBI has created a consortium of several banks, which will no doubt facilitate this ambitious bid to have so many banks use XRP.
The SBI President mentioned that the company was working on an “S Coin Platform” that would assist the issuing of digital currency, which he aims to bring as a payments platform to the Osaka Expo in 2025.
Kitao also claimed that Bitcoin has no fundamental value — an opinion shared by Warren Buffett — and that XRP is the number one crypto asset:
There is basically no value for bitcoin. The fact that bit coins are going to be used more and more in practical use is not easy if it comes to that price. So I think that ‘XRP’ in the virtual currency is probably the number one crypto asset.
Kitao is very bullish on XRP, and has in the past made several confident statements on the evolution of Ripple and it’s price.
For instance, he said that the XRP token would jump to $10 in price once SBI VC goes live. That may be a something of a stretch, but there’s no doubt that XRP has been on riding on a wave of good news in recent months.