TOKYO: Japanese companies will start paying part of the salaries of their employees in Bitcoin, because it aims to get a better understanding of virtual currencies, a spokesman said Friday.
Internet GMOs, which operate various web-related businesses including finance, online advertising and internet infrastructure, will start paying up to 100,000 yen ($ 890) per month by Bitcoin to employees in Japan starting in February next year.
“Employees can receive salaries by Bitcoin if they want,” company spokesman Harumi Ishii told French wire services.
“We hope to improve our own virtual currency capabilities by actually using it,” he said.
The offer will be open to around 4,000 employees of the GMO group in Japan, he said.
The company started a trading and Bitcoin exchange business in May.
And next month, it will join the so-called “Bitcoin mining” business - getting the right to receive new Bitcoin as a gift because it helps keep the network safe by approving transactions.
source: Internet GMO