Japanese Gamblers Face Very Strict Anti-Addiction Rules

Mt. Fuji with Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida, Japan

Japan has recently relaxed their rather archaic laws surrounding land based casinos. Having given the greenlight to several casino resorts recently, many of which are going to be operational in 2020, the Government has set about putting in place rules and regulations to negate the possibility of gambling addiction related problems with their citizens.

Whilst you will always find responsible gambling initiatives in place at land based and online casinos the world over, Japan has looked at ways they are able to remove the temptation for gamblers to overspend when visiting any of their soon to be opened casino resorts.

There are of course plenty of gambling venues currently open in Japan, in which slot machines and pachinko machines are readily available, and there are plenty of horse racing tracks too, at which gamblers can place all manner of horse related bets.

However, those venues are going to have to remove ATM’s from their venues to ensure visitors do not have access to more cash to gamble with than they had taken with them.

A new age check system is being put into place too, and that should ensure underage gamblers are not given access to any licensed premises either.

All gambling site and venue adverts are also to carry warnings in relation to gambling related problems, which is commonplace in many other countries of the world. However, the Japanese authorities will be strictly monitoring all advertisements to ensure that they comply with those rules.

One final thing they are also demanding is that all major cities and provinces have support groups available so that anyone who feels their gambling activities are getting out of hand will have support readily available to them.

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