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Meet the Man Making Japan an Oasis for Bitcoin Startups

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The man who single-handedly made Japan an oasis for bitcoin entrepreneurs was holding court with political supporters. The price of admission: $83.75.

Squeezed into a tiny private room at a Chinese restaurant not far from Tokyo’s capitol hill, Mineyuki Fukuda was at the head of the table with a half-dozen techies. Fukuda started by explaining how he, a second-term lawmaker on an obscure subcommittee overseeing electronic payment systems, wound up in charge of Japan’s bitcoin policy.