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Pachinko Machine Laws

Outside of Japan little is known about the laws governing gambling, and in particular the dominant form of gambling – the pachinko machine. This article summarizes the situation. For those new to the topic there is a link at the end of the article introducing the pachinko industry.

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Legistlation Analysis

The intention of the new Regulation 5 is to better control the pachislot industry. Concerns arose because the level of spending on leisure activities in Japan is fairly constant (given demographics and economic situation) and the higher spending on pachislot and gambling is having a negative impact on other leisure activities. The goal is to return to low return/low risk pachinko machines.

It is unclear how successful the legislation will be in achieving its aim, and there are two likely outcomes: