Pachinko parlors, gambling facilities may be allowed to ban gambling addicts

Pachinko parlors, gambling facilities may be allowed to ban gambling addicts

May 15, 2017 11:07 AM
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In Japan, the government and the ruling parties plan to propose a system that would allow pachinko parlors and other gambling facilities to ban “serious” gambling addicts, government sources told the Japan Times.

Japan legalized casinos last year with hopes of major companies building resorts with casinos and hotels to attract more tourists and revitalize the nation’s stagnating regional economies.

However, officials remain concerned about compulsive gambling by citizens and lawmakers and are working on legislation defining how the casinos should operate. Details of exactly how casinos would operate in Japan will be discussed in a special Diet session expected this fall.

Under a plan under discussion, only those who wish to overcome their problem, or their families, would notify nearby gambling facilities to ask that access be restricted. If the facility operator recognizes the person’s addiction, it could ban entry, or ask the person to leave. And if the addiction was determined to be less serious, an operator could limit the number of visits allowed to the facility.