Gambling addiction, in Japan to be regulated ahead of casino openings

The Cabinet last week approved a plan to limit customers’ access and ban the installation of cash machines at betting establishments, as the Japanese government attempts to curtail problem gambling ahead of the opening of a number of casinos.

Prefectures nationwide will formulate their own efforts based on the government’s plan, with authorities required to take action under the basic law on measures against gambling addiction enacted in October.

“We will create a healthy society by implementing thoroughly measures based on the basic plan in order to prevent people from finding themselves in difficult situations,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga during a government meeting.