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3.2 Million Japanese Seen Having Experienced Gambling Addiction (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)—Some 3.2 million people, or 3.6% of the total number of adults in Japan, are estimated to have experienced gambling addiction at least once in their lives, it was learned Friday. The figure includes those who have not gambled for many years, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare said in an interim report of the national epidemiological survey. The report als…


Pachinko is big business in Japan, with thousands of halls and parlors nationwide. The pinball variant exploits a legal loophole to offer players the thrill of gambling for money, but competition from other forms of entertainment is chipping away at its long-term popularity.

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