Payment Systems Trends in Japan, Part II

New BOJ-NET and Related Corporate Initiatives
by Eiichiro Yanagawa, January 21, 2014
Industry Trends


The computerized backbone of Japan’s payment and settlement system, the Bank of Japan Financial Network System (BOJ-NET), is undergoing an upgrade. Over the past decade the system has added functions and undergone enhancements, but these pale next to this ambitious system overhaul, which promises to have an enormous impact on both systems and operations for financial institutions.

In the report Payment System Trends in Japan, Part 2, Celent considers BOJ-NET, the heart of the nation’s payment system, and analyzes the evolution of this payment service and the related initiatives of payment service providers.

The project’s second stage is scheduled for implementation in autumn 2015. This phase seeks to:

  1. Streamline settlement procedures for Japanese government bonds (including increasing linkages with securities settlement infrastructures, a shift to straight-through processing, and revisions to deliver-versus-payment operations).
  2. Adopt new messaging formats (ISO 20022, XML-based messaging).
  3. Introduce extended operating hours and a core time system.

These changes are expected to prompt financial institution users of the system to undertake significant measures.

“This system overhaul will have an impact on a number of levels. While financial institutions and the service vendors catering to them will have to adapt to new payment infrastructure, the new system will also open the door to new business payment service provision opportunities. In other words, the BOJ’s aims for this new system — a shift to straight-through processing of payments, greater integration with the securities infrastructure, and measures responding to globalization — present companies with the opportunity to craft innovative, disruptive payment systems,” said Eiichiro Yanagawa, author of the report and a Senior Analyst in the Asian Financial Services group at Celent.

This is the second in a two-part report series examining Japan’s payment and settlement system. After proposing an organizational framework for payment systems and payment services and related global trends, Part 1 of this report examines the history of Japan’s payment and settlement system, how it withstood the 2008 global financial crisis, and challenges and the outlook for the future.

Part 2 focuses on Japan, analyzing the national initiative to overhaul the BOJ-NET system to forge a payment and settlement system that is both reliable and adaptable, subsequently discussing the related initiatives being taken by payment service vendors.

Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Establishment of the New BOJ-NET



Operational Overview



BOJ-NET and Financial Institution Network



New Features


New BOJ-NET and Related Corporate initiatives



BOJ-NET-Related Initiatives



Corporate Initiatives




Leveraging Celent’s Expertise



Support for Financial Institutions



Support for Vendors


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