JAC-Market: Buy Exclusive Anime Merchandise With JAC+ Cryptocurrency

20.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME

UPDRAFT opened JAC-Market this month, a new online website where you can buy exclusive anime merchandise using their own cryptocurrency called JAC+. The website is set to be available to the overseas market, including China, at the end of September. This marks the first website in Japan to sell anime merchandise overseas using cryptocurrency.

 

Blockchain and cryptocurrency has been gaining more attention than ever since last year. The market cap for cryptocurrency has been the highest it’s ever been this year, and numerous banks around the world are introducing and making preparations for crypto payments.

 

In light of the cryptocurrency boom, UPDRAFT is catering to the needs of cryptocurrency users by offering exclusive merchandise on JAC-Market which can be paid for using JAC+. In doing so, it hopes to serve as a stepping stone in helping to develop the anime market globally. It is also planning an NFT scheme which will roll out this year.

 

Get your hands on anime merchandise you can’t get anywhere else when JAC-Market rolls out worldwide.


「JAC+」コインはIDCM台湾に2019年に上場している暗号通貨です。

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