Casino Industry – a relatively unheard of term in Japan before 2017, with many Japanese gamblers going abroad to visit casinos. Gambling as it is known to Westerners has been non-existent until late 2016 when a new bill was passed. The legalities of the gambling industry itself are yet to be discussed, though a task force has been assembled by the government.
Pachinko Games at Japanese Casinos
Many everyday Japanese are familiar with Pachinko, a casino game machine similar to pinball and slots. Pachinko, until recently, filled a niche in Japanese gambling, since it was not illegal to play according to previous gambling laws. With the introduction of the new bill, it’s speculated that pachinko and slot machines will be featured in Japanese land-based casinos.
Casino Industry in Japan versus Australia
The new implementation bill being discussed by Japanese officials will most likely come into effect in the next few years. While the first casino bids will probably only come into fruition by 2020. However, for Australian casinos, this is great news as Japanese tourists will likely choose our soil to gamble over Macau. After the Melco Crown arrests, it’s still unclear if tourists will be welcome in China when it comes to gambling.
New Casinos for Japanese Resorts
While Australia remains in the clear for land-based gambling, there still remains an untapped opportunity for Aussie operators. Many international casino names are vying for the first ever Japanese casino resorts, including Melco International. After massive speculation in 2016, it seems that Melco Crown will not collectively expand into Japan. James Packer of the Crown Resorts chain has stated a domestic expansion is their sole focus at the moment.
Until the newest bill has been amended and passed, there is a lot left to guesses by international casino operators and gambling fans. We’ll keep our Aussie fans in the loop as things progress.