Gambling Biz Operators Urged to Take Steps against Addiction


Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday urged gambling business operators in the country to consider taking concrete measures against addiction, including steps to restrict the admission of gambling addicts to their facilities.

The request is part of a basic plan to prevent gambling addiction, which was adopted at a cabinet meeting ahead of the planned introduction of casino-featuring integrated resorts, or IRs, under a law to effectively lift the ban on casinos in Japan.

Specifically, the plan calls on "pachinko" pinball parlor operators not to allow addicts to enter their premises if requested by family members.

It also urges horse racetrack operators to utilize facial recognition systems to restrict the entry of gambling addicts.

In addition, the plan seeks the removal of automated teller machines from pachinko parlors and racetracks.

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