Gambling in Japan
Gambling in Japan is legal in sime respects and not in others. A limited list of gambling varieties is allowed in the country. The main part of its items is specific national entertainment such as pachinko or mahjong. In addition, players can bet on some types of races. Most modern casino games in Japan are currently banned. Gambling legislation in Japan produces somthing of a paradoxParadoxically, Japanese are among the most gambling nations. It is almost impossible to find legal rooms for playing pachinko empty. In addition, Japan is full of exotic things, for example, a simulator of a walk with a pet and slot machines are widely distributed. Despite the formal prohibition of playing for money, schemes to circumvent it are widespread in Japan. For example, you can often find exchange points not far from the halls with pachinko machines which pay wins with toys and souvenirs. Players can exchange won things for a monetary equivalent there. According to statistics, about 15 million Japanese visit pachinko halls every year.
Gambling Games in Japan
Pachinko or pachislot - the only legal variety of slot machines available in Japan. In its structure, it represents something between pinball and a classic video slot. When playing pachislot, the player cannot receive his win with real money. Pachinko, as one of the few legal types of gambling, is often adapted to cult game products. The gaming halls have one-armed bandits themed to such sought after games as Silent Hill and many others. There are over 10,000 pachinko halls in the country. In online casinos, Japanese players often prefer the following slot machines: Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst, Dragon King, Big Bad Wolf and Aloha! Cluster Pays Pachinko simulators are also represented on the Internet but are not especially successful among Japanese. The oriental table game mahjong is also in demand in Japan. This is an analogue of craps which is often played directly on the streets. Despite the formal ban, underground halls for playing mahjong are widespread in the country, most of them are controlled by yakuza. Japan also has an official Mahjong Professional League.
Currently, the Japanese Criminal Code provides liability for organising and participating in gambling. These provisions are reflected in articles 185, 186 and 187. According to them, the organiser of gambling can receive up to 5 years in prison and the participant up to 3. Here is a list of legal types of gambling available to Japanese residents: Pachinko as well as pachislot, Lottery and Betting on horse, bicycle, car and motorcycle racing. Casino games, sports betting and slot machines (except pachinko) are currently banned. At the end of 2016, the Japanese parliament approved a bill according to which gambling will be legalised. Nevertheless, according to experts, the development and implementation of the licensing system will take much more than a year and Japanese casinos will open their doors for the first visitors no earlier than in 2020. Gambling was legalised due to two reasons. The first is that the Olympic Games are planned in Japan in 2020, legal gambling institutions would be a powerful additional tool for attracting tourists. The second is thaT IN Macau and Singapore, where gambling legislation is loyal, have become the most sought after tourist destinations in the region So, when deciding on the legalisation of gambling, the authorities were guided by the idea of attracting additional revenues from foreign guests.
Online casinos in Japan
In accordance with the current Japanese legislation, online gambling is not yet defined. There are no legislative acts regulating this segment of gambling. It's not yet possible to get a license for a website which provides the opportunity to play gambling games remotely. Despite the fact that participating in gambling is punishable with fines, this measure is almost never applied to online casino players.
At the moment, the only available license for private companies is the permission to open a hall with pachinko machines. It can be obtained by a company the owner of which has no previous convictions and is not connected with crime. Before opening a hall, the police checks all the slot machines for compliance with the necessary technical requirements. Pachinko halls cannot be located near the following objects: schools, institutions of higher education, public libraries, hospitals and children's nurseries. There is no specific license validity period for this type of activity, but it needs to be updated periodically. People under 18 years old are prohibited to visit halls.
Development of the Gambling Market in Japan
The manufacturer called Konami was the largest in Japan for a long time. In 2005, the company moved its headquarters to Las Vegas. It started working back in 1969. The manufacturer specialises not only in slot machines but also in video games. It was this company that created such bestsellers as the dance simulator Dance Dance Revolution, the horror-series Silent Hill, the first computer tactical spy game Metal Gear and much more. The following developments are in demand among the slot machines released under the brand Konami: Ancient Dragon, China Shores, African Diamond, Rocky and Chip City. Prospects for the Japanese gambling business are promising. Large representatives of the international gambling market have already expressed their desire to start work in Japan. There is information that the first gambling institution in the country will be opened by the American operator Sands. As the head of the corporation Sheldon Adelson claimed, approximately 10 billion USD are planned to be invested in the project. According to the forecasts of industry analysts, the gambling industry will annually bring about $ 25 billion to the Japanese budget. It is planned to construct hotel-casinos mainly in Tokyo. As the chief secretary of the Japanese Cabinet Yoshihide Suga said, the bet on gambling profits is placed not only for the period of the Olympics but also after its finish. Current Japanese legislation do not provide players and operators with too much freedom, however, after the adoption of the law on legalisation, the situation must radically change.