BREAKING: Japan's Upper House Approves Casino Legislation

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Today the upper house of Japan's Diet voted to approve gambling legislation that will allow for casinos to be legalized and built in Japan, offering a huge boon for the industry in the country of 127 million.

The Integrated Resorts Promotion bill passed through in an extra session, and the bill is expected to be passed by the Diet's lower house tomorrow. The IRP bill was amended to clearly define how the government would fight gambling addiction, and integrating a review process five years after its passed into law. The draft legislation will completely remove the blanket ban on gambling in the country's constitution, and will regulate and tax land casino resorts. It is hoped that casino properties will be in operation by the time the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is held.

As of press time there was no comment by politicians as of press time, but Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.

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15 December 2016 - 5:21am

Japan has some funny laws. Gambling is (was) banned but there are pachinko parlours everywhere that allow people to gamble as much as they want. They win tokens which they then take across the street to another store called a TUC shop where they can trade them in for cash. But the stores are "totally unrelated" so its legal apparently.

This is a great video showing "legal" japanese gambling (bad language warning). Its not pachinko but its a game where you can win tokens which you can't exchange for cash but you can put them in an account at the arcade and use them to play games until they run out.


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15 December 2016 - 11:39pm

Yes they are strange aren't they, when the whole land based casino industry struggling for years all over the world they going to build a casinos 🙂
Can't believe the guy contains all the coins in those small cups 😉

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17 December 2016 - 12:57am

thx for the video Ed very interesting to see that, Japan is gonna get a huge cash injection from this new law now that they going to regulate gambling in their country with regards to tourism going ect and by the look of things the locals seem to really enjoy it themselves 🍸