Japan casino debate brings challenges, opportunities to pachinko industry

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceJapan’s casino bill has been put on the back burner, with no realistic prospect for the enactment of basic legislation authorizing casinos for at least a year. However, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has certainly not given up on the idea, having added this initiative to its campaign promises in this month’s snap election.One consequence of the casino debate is renewed attention on Japan’s massive pachinko industry, the pinball-like game that operates on the margins of Japan’s current anti-gambling laws.A proposal being debated among lawmakers is that the rules governing pachinko parlors be revised to formally allow players to receive their cash winnings. Exchanging pachinko balls for cash is the reality of the current system, with players walking just a short distance “off-site” to receive their earnings. The proposal is that this reality finally be acknowledged and that pachinko parlors begin to pay out in cash...

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