Japan tries novel approach to curb gambling addiction

Japan, which has a high rate of gambling addiction, is preparing legislation that would limit how often people can go to a casino and require them to pay an entry fee whenever they do.

Most Japanese gambling occurs in pachinko parlors. The country legalized casinos in 2016, in large part to attract foreign tourists, but worried that doing so would exacerbate the gambling problem. (Studies show that 3.2 million people out of a population of about 127 million have had a gambling addiction.)

The legislation being prepared by the ruling coalition says that Japanese citizens must present an I.D. card when entering a casino, and cannot do so more than three times a week or 10 times a month. They must also pay an entry fee of ¥2,000, or about $19, each time they enter. Non-Japanese tourists will not be subject to these requirements.

Source: The Japan Times. Click here for more information.