Japanese lawmakers may consider casino gambling

07/12/2010 | Japan Times, The

Japanese lawmakers may consider legalizing casino gambling next year, and the country could be the next major gambling market. Public agencies now operate pari-mutuel betting and lotteries in Japan, and the game of pachinko is legal because it pays out tokens. "In order for this country to develop energetically in the future, then I think the casino industry has potential worth exploring," said Shozo Azuma, a lawmaker from the Democratic Party of Japan.

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