Japan eyes addiction prevention

Japan eyes addiction prevention

January 09, 2017 4:53 PM

In Japan, the Abe government may submit a bill to the Diet early this year that would create a basic law aimed at preventing gambling addiction, according to sources.

The Japan Times reports the proposed law could require gambling service operators and municipal governments to craft basic plans for tightening gambling regulations.

This move comes on the heels of passage of a law late last month that allows casino gambling in integrated resorts that include hotels and entertainment facilities.

The planned addiction prevention law would cover not only casinos but also existing gambling services, including pachinko and horse racing, the sources said.

Numerous media reports say the central government wants to ease public anxiety about casinos and other gambling services by further promoting addiction prevention measures.

The Diet legislative session starts January 20.

The Japan Times says possible measures include banning access to gambling venues by suspected addicts at the request of their families and restricting online betting for horse races