As at least one "buyer" attempted to resell their Bitcoin, an abnormally high quantity of the cryptocurrency appeared for sale on Zaif, and word soon spread on the Internet that around 2,200-trillion-yen worth of Bitcoin was on sale there.
The Tech Bureau Corp behind Zaif is now facing an investigation into the safety of the system and other business practices from Japanese authorities, the newspaper added.
Zaif is one of the 16 cryptocurrency exchanges registered with the Japanese Government.
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The issue, first reported by Reuters, plagued the Zaif exchange for about 20 minutes on February 16, though the glitch wasn't publicly revealed by the exchange operators until February 20. The bug temporarily priced Bitcoin at zero yen, but the company quickly caught wind of the problem and shut it down.
The latest flub could draw further attention to security and systems at cryptocurrency exchanges, which were already under scrutiny in the wake of the Coincheck heist.
Six of the transactions have been voided. However it was still trying to resolve issues with one customer who tried to transfer the bitcoins he bought at the knock-down price.
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The news came after Japan's finance minister Taro Aso announced that the FSA has begun examining the security measures of local crypto exchanges. The user who tried selling Bitcoin worth of $20 billion did not succeed in doing so.
Japan a year ago rolled out the world's first system to oversee cryptocurrency exchanges, in a bid to protect customers and stamp out illegal uses of cryptocurrencies as it sought to nurture a young and promising sector.
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