Japan announces new curbs on existing gambling activities

Aug 30, 2017 10:21 AM

The Japan Times reports this week that cabinet ministers have announced a number of new curbs on existing gambling activities, including unspecified limits on how much race players can wager online.

The online betting limits, which won’t take effect until fiscal 2022, will affect Japan’s legal horse, bicycle, motorcycle and powerboat racing operators. Additionally, the government intends to quicken plans to eliminate the presence of automatic teller machines from land-based racing events and off-site betting sites. This month, two of Japan’s three bicycle racing venues removed their ATMs. The ATMs still in operation at betting venues will have their cash advance functions disabled by the end of March 2018.

A new government study of gambling addiction rates is to be completed next month with a public release soon after.