Rising to the problem gambling challenge

Japan has the opportunity to pioneer new methods to tackle problem gambling and set a standard for the rest of Asia, as it draws up legislation to govern integrated resorts.   The issue of problem gambling has been a major focus for politicians and is listed as one of the key reasons many Japanese are opposed to IRs in their communities.   Although it is clear the vast majority of Japanese who gamble do so for entertainment and do not suffer any significant harm, recent studies have found problem rates in around 3 to 4 percent of the adult population, which is at the higher range of rates from around the world.   It’s a problem that’s not just felt by individuals, but one that also affects families, colleagues and others in society. Unfortunately, in Asia, gambling addiction has not been viewed as a public policy issue, but rather as a personal or...

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