Japan Formally Legalizes Gambling

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The government of Japan formally made gambling legal in the country today, as the country's parliament passed a bill covering the activity.

The bill passed through the upper house in Japan, and has the full support of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as multiple parties. The law will allow for legal casinos to hit the ground, with up to three facilities to be built in the country. The limit of three facilities will be reviewable after seven years, with the possibility of new spots coming afterward.

There will be admission tickets to the casinos, with fees of 6,000 per day, with admission restricted to three days per week and ten days per month. Each punter living in the country will be given an identification number to track the number of Japanese or foreign nationals residing in the country visiting the casinos. Players must be 20 years of age or older to gamble, and gang members will be denied entry.

Casino Listings News will be following this story and updating readers as we learn more about the casino developments there.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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22 July 2018 - 5:17pm
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I think that this is a very big step for Japan in the gaming business and I believe that many doors will open, following this gambling legalization.

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24 July 2018 - 3:35pm
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..and gang members will be denied entry.

Wow, what a discrimination...so everybody there must be aware of who exactly these guys are which is kind of weird..isn't it?

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25 July 2018 - 3:57pm
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This is a very big news. I haven't been to Japan yet, even though it is very close.
There are extremely old and huge market called Pachinko, which have been developed like classic slot machine + arcade games.

Until the opening of this new Mega casinos, it will take like 5~10 years, though.

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26 July 2018 - 12:15am
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Interesting development, I wonder how Pachinko parlours will fare in the long run.

Coolsongss - I recently read Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, that is a story of a Korean family living in Japan throughout the 20th century. It addresses the mistreatment of Koreans in Japan during that time and also looks at the part Pachinko parlours played in their lives.

Would recommended, it's a great read!

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26 July 2018 - 3:27pm
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CL - klaw wrote:

Interesting development, I wonder how Pachinko parlours will fare in the long run.

Coolsongss - I recently read Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, that is a story of a Korean family living in Japan throughout the 20th century. It addresses the mistreatment of Koreans in Japan during that time and also looks at the part Pachinko parlours played in their lives.

Would recommended, it's a great read!

I think that this book has not been translated and published in Korean, yet.

Listening to one interview of the author, I feel that it is a good book.

Thanks for your recommendation!!! 🙂