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Japan traders refreeze bitcoin business, bracing for split

Blockchain software changes may cause cryptocurrency to become two

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TOKYO -- Virtual currency traders here are halting bitcoin deposits and withdrawals for the second time in recent days ahead of a potential split in trading protocols expected for Tuesday evening local time, fearing unforeseen glitches and instability.

A number of exchanges shut down temporarily early last week on similar concerns. Traders think that a split could cause trading history logs to become unstable or coins to be lost.

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