Japan considering limiting casino visits to 10 per month for locals

Japan considering limiting casino visits to 10 per month for locals

February 16, 2018 9:18 AM
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A plan, in which Japanese nationals and foreigners living in the country would face significant restrictions on attending proposed casinos, has been floated by the government to the lawmakers of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A limit of just 10 monthly visits is part of various measures being considered to fight gambling addiction. However, the restriction has already faced the opposition of members of the ruling coalition of the LDP, who say it’s far too strict.

Negotiations on the matter are continuing.

The government wants casinos to drive foreign tourism to Japan. The proposed restrictions would not apply to non-residents.

Japanese lawmakers ended a ban on casinos nationally last year, but the law requires they be part of "integrated resorts" that combine hotels and large event facilities. Additional legislation is now needed to decide how the new venues will be allowed to operate. Nearly all the major U.S. casino/resort companies have expressed interest in expanding into Japan.