Japan Casino Bill held up by gambling addiction concerns

In a quiet neighborhood in Yokohama, Japan, about twenty senior citizens gather each day in a facility called Day Service Las Vegas. For hours on end they play at card games, mahjong, slot machines, and pachinko. At first glance this may look like an illicit casino patronized exclusively by the elderly, but on closer inspection the 10,000 yen bills that change hands are not Japanese currency at all, but rather the equivalent of Monopoly money. No one’s wagers make them any richer or poorer. The top winner of the day simply gets their photograph posted on the wall and the losers are equally as happy to have spent an enjoyable day with their friends. Although the concept that lay behind this facility was inspired by a visit by the company’s president to the real Las Vegas in Nevada, the purpose of Day Service Las Vegas is to brighten the lives...

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