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July 2018 Media Coverage

Friday, July 27th 2018

Casino Gambling Is Coming To Japan - But Not Until About 2025

Published by KNPR, July 24, 2018

It’s been a long time coming – but there will soon be casino gambling in Japan. Well, soon being the year 2025, give or take. Last week, Japanese lawmakers approved allowing licensing for three casinos.

Andrew Gellatly is the head of global research services for Gambling Compliance, an information network for the gaming industry. He says most people in Japan are opposed to allowing casinos but three top government officials, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushed hard for the bill's passage. 

Gellatly said Abe promises to tour the country over the next few months to promote what the casinos will do for Japan.

“It has all been hung on this idea of tourism development, enhancing Japan as a place for visitors, particularly Asian visitors, mainland China visitors that are forming the majority of new tourists in Japan," he said.

Gellatly said Japan already has pachinko parlors but many people don't consider the slot-machine-like game to be gambling. Instead, it is categorized as "entertainment." 

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