Ripple, the blockchain-based payment network, suffered a setback after Japan’s Resona Bank said it would no longer use MoneyTap, a consumer-centric retail payments app that uses Ripple’s enterprise blockchain technology.
Resona – Japan’s fifth-largest financial institution – did not provide a reason for the abrupt cancellation, which makes it the first Japanese bank to quit the MoneyTap project. It’s unclear if others will follow.
The cancellation takes effect on May 13. Resona made the surprising announcement April 11 on its website, where it said:
“Resona Bank will cancel the cooperation with the money transfer application MoneyTap (which started on October 4, 2018) on May 13, 2019.”
As CCN reported in October 2018, a consortium of 61 Japanese banks — which account for over 80% of Japan’s banking assets — had agreed to eventually use MoneyTap.
As of last month, 13 banks had invested in the project as shareholders. With Resona Bank’s withdrawal, that number has dwindled to 12. Interestingly, Resona was one of the first three banks to join the project – which does not use the public XRP cryptocurrency.