Surveys revealed the prevalence of gambling in Japan, but the sample size for problem players was very small. Third, the document examines the sense of acceptance that players and family members regain through participation in GA and Gam Anon. The IRs will come with restrictions and the Japanese will only be able to visit the casinos three times a week or ten times a month. It is not discussed here, but we are concerned about the relationship between problematic gambling and suicide, which in Japan has a particular historical, literary and sociological tradition that puts players at special risk.
However, these forms of play are dwarfed by pachinko parlors, which are still the main culprits of gambling addiction. Japan may have been slow to adopt certain forms of legalized play, but the wheels are slowly starting to turn. Neither employers nor the media mention gambling as an addiction, a mental disorder or an illness (for example, he is a co-author of the diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling, was a co-investigator in the first genetic study and has published articles and book chapters on phenomenology, course, complications and treatment of gambling disorders. One reason to schedule separate meetings is to take care of children; the use of babysitters is rare in Japan and someone has to stay home to attend to the children.
The large number of establishments is a distinguishing factor of gambling addiction in Japan compared to other advanced nations and is why people hooked on pachinko and slot machines account for 80% of addicts. However, Japanese people generally use first names only among family and close friends, so using first names in a 12-step group would be strange for new members. Online casinos have become very popular all over the world, and Japan could make huge amounts of money from their legalization. A future document will look at the nature of social interaction and support among Japanese women attending specific GA groups for women.
The National Commission for the Study of the Impact of Gambling has found that people who live within 80 km of a casino are twice as likely to develop an addiction. One of the arguments against the events was that Japanese people who were not used to gambling would be too prone to addiction. Problem gambling is classified as a type of mental illness and generally refers to a condition in which gambling interferes with daily activities or social life, and treatment is required.