Frilly girls do their bit for bitcoin

Central Station | Jan 11, 2018
Japan has a new all-girl "idol" band - the Virtual Currency Girls - on a mission to educate the public about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Each of the eight girls in the band, known in Japanese as Kasotsuka Shojo, plays a character representing a virtual currency such as bitcoin, ethereum or ripple.

Promotional material shows the performers wearing character masks, frilly mini-skirts and maid aprons with knee-high socks.

The Virtual Currency Girls are due to hold their debut live concert in Tokyo tomorrow. "We want to promote the idea through entertainment that virtual currencies are not just a tool for speculation but are a wonderful technology that will shape the future," said the group's leader, Rara Naruse, 18.

In their debut song, The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me, they warn against fraudulent operators and urge people to make sure of their online security.

The group is tapping into a rich seam in Japan, where bitcoin is recognized as legal tender.

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