In this release: The Japanese will soon be able to pay utility bills with bitcoin. Japanese Bitcoin market Coincheck has announced launching of new service “Coincheck Denki”, which will lead customers to make utility bill payments with bitcoin and save money — up to 4-6% from November. Payment implementation will be occurred through the company’s partner Marubeni Power Retail Corporation. Meanwhile, Lawmakers of USA have announced creation of the bipartisan caucus officially known as congressional member organizations by two congressmen – Jared Polis and Mick Mulvaney. According to Thehill.com, participants will discuss ability of decentralizing cybersecurity and revolutionizing industries using blockchain technologies.
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