Casino gambling may be legalised next year in Japan but the process is still in the initial stages with a bill proposing legal gambling to be debated by the parliament in May. The current government, made up of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Japan Restoration Party, supports the bill to introduce casinos to Japan. Casino gambling is illegal in the country but there are state run lotteries, Pachinko which is like slot machines and betting takes place on horse and cycle racing. Japan is considered to be a major future market by overseas casino operators as different types of gambling are popular, its population is relatively wealthy and the country is not far from China with its ready supply of tourists, gamblers and high rollers.
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