According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the conditional list encompasses 21 game variants currently banned in Japan including two types of baccarat and eight deviations of poker. The source detailed that this rough catalog also embraces four forms of blackjack as well as sic-bo, craps, casino war, slots, pai gow and money wheel while excluding more traditional pastimes such as mahjong, pachinko and pachislot.
Both chambers of Japan’s legislature reportedly approved the five inaugural members of the Casino Management Board in November of 2019 and subsequently tasked the body with serving as the official regulator for the embryonic domestic casino market. The organization is being led by the former Legal Compliance Inspector General for Japan’s Ministry of Defense, Michio Kitamura, and is to moreover purportedly be asked to come up with a range of measures to counter gambling addictions.
As such and the Casino Management Board has reportedly furthermore proposed employing one-year casino bans against anyone that is believed to have displayed an addiction to gambling before subsequently placing strict limits on their monthly visits. Operators could purportedly also be obliged to prominently exhibit the current time on their gaming floors and establish an in-house consultation desk for punters wanting to discuss suspected problems.
The source reported that the suggested rules from the Casino Management Board would additionally moreover forbid gambling-friendly venues within the coming three Japanese integrated casino resorts from hosting cash machines or offering any programs or incentives ‘that could potentially arouse the passion for gambling.’
Although most gambling is currently illegal in Japan, the coalition government of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed legislation in July of 2018 that is to see the nation of some 126 million people offer up a trio of casino licenses. In order to be selected as a host for one of these coming facilities, candidate communities are being required to partner with an experienced foreign operator before submitting their final plans to a panel of federal selectors ahead of an April of 2022 deadline.
The proposed rules from the Casino Management Board would reportedly furthermore see all stakeholders and executives involved in the licensing process be subjected to detailed background checks to ensure their ‘social credibility.’ The organization purportedly explained that this course would involve financial as well as criminal probes to determine whether such groups or individuals had any links to organized crime groups.
The proposed rules and permissible game types put forward by the Casino Management Board are now set to undergo a five-week period of public consultation. They could then purportedly be formally enshrined as early as the summer should they receive legislative backing and require no major re-workings.