Japan may Limit Casino Visits by Nationals

Japanese politicians are busy discussing their future casino market. And one possible stipulation that’s drawing attention is a plan to limit casino visits by nationals. The current plan calls for Japanese citizens to be limited to 10 casino visits per month. This may sound reasonable to casual gamblers. And it’s become common for Asian casino […]

Japanese politicians are busy discussing their future casino market. And one possible stipulation that’s drawing attention is a plan to limit casino visits by nationals.

The current plan calls for Japanese citizens to be limited to 10 casino visits per month.

This may sound reasonable to casual gamblers. And it’s become common for Asian casino markets to implement restrictions like this to help prevent gambling addiction.

However, the Japanese Times reports that the measure faces stiff opposition from lawmakers in the Liberal Democratic Party, which is led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. These politicians believe that limiting nationals to 10 visits per month is too strict.

Politicians Clashing Over how to Run Casino Gambling Market

Japanese gambling enthusiasts rejoiced when the country ended a long-standing ban on casino gambling. Spurred on by Shinzo Abe, the majority of the country’s politicians approved the ” integrated resorts” plan, which allows for casino-hotel resorts.

However, the government is debating on how to best run this market. And the argument over limiting nationals’ casino visits is a perfect example of how things are going.

The current plan states that Japanese residents would be allowed up to three visits in a week, and a total of 10 visits per month. This limitation would affect both Japanese nationals and foreigners who’ve taken up permanent residence in the country.

Casinos should Boost Tourism

Japan already draws a large number of tourists every year thanks to their temples, big cities, and unique culture. But they want to boost boost tourism even more with the major casino resorts that will eventually come.

Prime Minister Abe and his LDP party want as few restrictions as possible so that the gambling market will grow. The party is in opposition to similar restrictions that were set by Singapore’s gambling market, where their nationals must pay an entry fee every time they want to visit a casino.

Politicians have already agreed upon how the market will only include three major resorts, along the smaller regional casinos. But we’ll have to wait and see what other agreements are put in place for their gambling market.

 

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