Japan to Limit Casino Ads to Immigration Areas

Politics

Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided Tuesday to allow casino advertisements to be put up only in immigration areas at terminals of airports and harbors used by visitors from abroad.

The rule is part of the enforcement order for the law enacted last year to introduce casino-featuring integrated resorts, or IRs, to effectively lift the ban on casinos in Japan.

Casino ads will be banned in other areas outside the IR districts. The restriction reflects the government's aim to reduce Japanese people's exposure to such ads in an effort to prevent gambling addiction.

Rules set under the enforcement order, which was adopted at Tuesday's cabinet meeting, will take effect one after another starting on Monday.

With the adoption of the enforcement order, local governments wanting to host IRs and businesses eager to operate such facilities are expected to speed up related preparations.

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