Late last year, casino gambling in Japan was finally legalized, after many years of discussions on whether it would be best move for the country's betterment. After the approval of the Integrated Resorts Promotion Bill, the Japanese government now must create and pass another type of legislative piece, one which would function to regulate the gambling industry.
The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill is still being developed and further details on it are anticipated to be made public in August. One of the information in there is the number of allowed casino visits, weekly and monthly.
According to local media reports, one way to accurately limit the number of casino visits allowed for each individual is via the monitoring of Japan's citizen number ID system.
The possible usage of the "My Number Card" system, which assigns a unique numbers-based code to every Japanese native or foreign national who is a legal resident of Japan, seems to be one of the obvious indications so far that Japan may cease the outright ban on locals gambling at any Japanese-based casino resorts built eventually.
The use of the My Number Card can enable casino operators to know exactly which Japanese locals were using a gambling facility. In addition to this, a planned body (temporarily called the ‘casino control commission') will likely be established under the Cabinet Office, in which its main role is to maintain player-tracking records of the locals, based on their My Number Card. More info on this control commission will be discussed by a meeting of experts in July.
Prior to entering a casino, Japanese nationals shall be required to show their My Number ID cards, and as for foreigners, they will have to present their passports and other relevant documents.
The Japanese Diet declares that casinos must limit access to their gaming areas to all self-declared customers with gambling behaviour problems, to underage individuals, to ones whose families have declared them as problem gamblers, and to members of organised crime as well. This precautionary measure is part of the Japanese government's plan to address gambling-related issues while the development of the country's gambling industry is still ongoing.
For now, the only legal gambling options in Japan are pachinko (resembles slot machines), betting on horse, boat and bicycle races, football pools and lotteries. Adding casino gambling will significantly widen the scope of the gambling industry in the country and because of this, concerns have been voiced over a potential increase of gambling-related crime and the increase in number of gambling addicts.
Most people expect that the very first casino resorts would officially open in Japan around 2022.