Japan is the second most playful country in Western Asia. However, it is simply forbidden to have a casino or to offer any online game of money. However, things will change during the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, now postponed in 2021.
The Prime Minister therefore decided to change the legislation and to authorize the creation of online and land casinos in Japan, they should open this year. It is a real revolution in the land of the rising sun.
Japan and prohibition on online casinos
Japan is a country and a culture in its own right. It is difficult to understand it, because it is a millennial culture at the forefront of modernity. Sometimes this marriage gives rise to paradoxes which there are purely logical. Japan is a wonderful place to touch an ethereal concept in the West: think differently. You will read on the plane that leads you to Tokyo that the Japanese are passionate about gambling. It is even an ancestral tradition. At the next line, you will read that casinos are completely prohibited in Japan. These two contrary truths do not exclude, they coexist.
Since 1907, the law has been clear: article 23 of the penal code in Japan dating from 1907 simply prohibits the games of money within the country. The risk incurred is ¥ 500,000 (~ 4,224.40 $) fine and three years in prison for recurrences.
The law still softened and tolerates some bypass. A relaxation that makes Pachinko rooms the third leisure industry in the country, with 202 billion euros! Japan is therefore evolving and casinos will soon be authorized to go towards controlled liberalization, coinciding with the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
The Pachinko, a real false game of money
The Pachinko is a kind of slot machine associated with a pinball machine. The player decides the power he will give to the ball he will launch on a sort of tray or peaks deflect the balls in holes. When the ball falls into a hole, it triggers a mini slot machine consisting of a roll and three symbols. According to the combinations of symbols, the player will win even more balls. These balls, he can keep them to play again or exchange them for gifts. Among these gifts, it is possible for the player to ask for small plates. They can be exchanged for money in a small exchange office which is of course outside the games room. You have understood, the universe of the Pachinko gently bypasses the law with the blessing of the authorities. For the most part, these playgrounds would be under the thumb of the Korean mafia.
Sports betting for Koei Kyogi
The Fake, it is public sports that have long been the only ones to be able to receive legally stakes.
- Horse races
- Keirin cycling
- Former Oto Les
- Kyotei, plane races
It was not until 1998 that football was authorized. We complain about Arjel in USA, in Japan, they managed to be even more selective.
Online casinos in Japan
As in USA, online casinos are not allowed on the territory. It is a double sanction for Japanese players who have become specialists in online money games. It is common in Asian bookmakers to find bets on Japanese sumo. We find a whole range of games in Online casinos directly from Japanese culture. The Keiba Game for example, and its virtual horse races. Suffering races for these virtual horses. And since 2016 with the authorization of casinos in Japan, players hope to have Japanese online casinos where they can deposit and play while enjoying the guarantees of the Japanese license.
We know that this license will be given by an official organization and that for the moment, the government dreams of building a Japanese Las Vegas in Osaja or Tokyo. The mystery still remains, but if you have planned to go to the Olympic Games you could be one of the first American players to play legally in a casino on Japanese soil ...
In 2021 if the coronavirus did not all destroy us.