Operator revenue to help prevent gambling addiction

The Japanese government is considering collecting a portion of revenue from casino operators to finance preventative measures for gambling addiction, The Japan Times reports.

The government is reportedly calling for a portion of revenue from the operators to split between central and local governments, which will be used to enhance social welfare measures and promote arts and cultures, said sources on Monday, quoted by the news outlet.

The government aims to submit the bill to an extraordinary Diet session seen starting this fall.

The plan calls for distributing the funds for tourism promotion across wide areas, including some that don’t host casinos.