Although Japan is not famous for casinos, gambling is a very popular pastime. To be sure, Japan attaches some cultural importance to gambling. Its roots in the game run deep and Cho-Han in particular has been of great importance for centuries. Despite government restrictions, the Japanese have managed to find ways to get around them and continue to fuel the momentum to gamble.
Gambling in the traditional sense is prohibited in Japan, so the forms of gambling that exist become much more interesting. From pachinko to racing betting, gambling is alive in Japan. Here's why you should add it to your trip to Japan. Japanese people love to gamble for pleasure, test their skills and have a chance to win a prize.
Most gambling is illegal in Japan, but there are exceptions. Betting on some sports such as horse racing and certain motorsports is allowed, and football pools known as “toto” and lottery are allowed by special laws. Japan's strict gambling regulations and laws mean that no casino has been allowed to operate on Japanese soil. However, that seems to be about to change.
In addition, pachinko is quite famous even in the western world, and some fans of Japanese culture play pachinko through applications on their smartphones. The argument against it has been that it could lead to addiction (since Japanese people are not used to gambling) and organized crime, and the law is very unpopular in Japanese society. Since Japan invests heavily in the betting industry, it's no surprise that there is an all-Japanese sporting event where people can place bets. Japanese bettors can bet on races in Japan, as well as select horse races elsewhere.
Pachinko's lounges are on almost every street corner and are a great way to experience Japanese gaming culture in a way that you know is within the law. However, the reality of traditional casinos reaching the Japanese landscape has not yet manifested itself. One of the arguments against the events was that Japanese people who were not used to gambling would be too prone to addiction. As you can see, the implementation of the IR model will benefit the Japanese in both finance and entertainment.
You may not be playing poker or pulling a slot machine, but the Japanese game is as exciting as any other type of game you enjoy. Officially it is not considered gambling because Japanese laws consider pachinko as an exception to the criminal code on gambling for historical, monetary and cultural reasons. An investigation by the Japanese government revealed that illegal baseball betting was just the tip of the iceberg. Today, it is still legal for Japanese residents to bet on the results of events such as motorcycle racing on asphalt track.
Gambling is the central theme of many Japanese works of fiction, including manga, anime, film and literature. Therefore, although land-based casinos still seem ready to open in Japan, it seems very likely that they will not open until the second half of the decade and, unfortunately, the Japanese will not be allowed to visit them.