Government AffairsJapan takes step to limit access to proposed integrated resorts.

Problem gamblers targeted ahead of casinos launch

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Casinos expected to attract foreign tourists and boost regional economies. Photo Credit: fergregor/GettyImages
The Japanese government is taking steps to control problem gambling ahead of the opening of a number of casinos in the country.

The Cabinet has approved a regulation to limit customers' access and ban the installation of cash machines at betting establishments. 

Japan has approved casinos in up to three locations as part of integrated resorts, comprising hotels, conference facilities and shopping areas by the mid-2020s as it seeks to attract foreign tourists and boost regional economies, Kyodo News reported.

Casino operators have been asked to research how underage people or problem gamblers can be barred from entering through the use of an ID check system.

The government also wants consultation and treatment hubs to be set up to treat problem gamblers in each of the country's 47 prefectures and in 20 major cities. 

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