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Japanese and Koreans bitten by bitcoin bug

With both the countries' most important institutions leading the charge, bitcoin trading has even moved into storefronts set up for people to trade in person

An Ethereum chart at Coinone, a South Korean virtual currency exchange. Interest in both Japan and South Korea in bitcoin appears to be linked to a longer history of speculative trading as a pastime.

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UNTIL recently, China was a centre of bitcoin activity while the rest of Asia looked on with little interest.

Now, the tables have turned.

The Chinese government has been clamping down on virtual currency activity at the same time that hundreds of thousands of...

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