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The Japan Virtual and Crypto Assets Exchange Association (JVCEA) – a self-regulatory organization for the crypto industry in Japan – recently published a report on holdings of major cryptocurrencies in the country in March, Cointelegraph reported

The number of bitcoins held on Japanese exchanges was 169,376, up more than 11% from the previous month. XRP was up 6.4% to 3.2 billion XRP. Ether was up more than 5.7% to 1.14 million ETH

Moreover, the number of Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Monacoin (MONA), Litecoin (LTC), and NEM (XEM) also increased slightly in March. 

The volume of Bitcoin spot trading was 617.3 billion yen (about $5.8 billion) in March, 11 times more than the trading volume of XRP, the second-most traded cryptocurrency that same month.

Black Thursday

In March, bitcoin was down more than 25%. It started the month at around $8,600 dollars but on March 12, known as “Black Thursday,” it briefly plummeted below $5,000. Bitcoin ended the month near $6,400. 

The reason Japanese investors increased their crypto holdings is not clear. 

One could say Japanese bitcoin believers were not hesitant to buy more after the collapse of the crypto market. It may also be the case that Japanese investors were sending more cryptocurrencies to exchanges to sell, the opposite case of bitcoin being withdrawn from Coinbase recently. 

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Yuya Hasegawa, a market analyst at the FSA licensed crypto exchange Bitbank, explained that usually price movement and user’s holdings of cryptocurrency are “correlated inversely.” 

He continued added: “In the time of downward price movement, you can say that users send cryptos to exchanges for the purposes of taking profits or loss cutting. Another reason might be a Japan premium in the BTC market compared with the US dollar-based market after March 12.”

Investors worldwide accumulated cryptocurrencies during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to UK crypto trading app Mode, baby boomers (born 1946-1964), and Generation-X (born 1965-1980) investors have increased their monthly bitcoin investment since the start of the pandemic.

Mode chief product officer Janis Legler observed that their findings “could potentially reveal an unprecedented change in the way investors think today, as a result of the global pandemic.”