The status of gambling in Japan differs from other regions around the world. The country is regarded conservative when it comes to entertainment from the western world. Japanese laws are strict and you can see the difference between skill games and luck-based ones. Only the first group is legalised, while the games of chances are illegal. The country has about 20,000 gambling halls that provide regular entertainment to its visitors.
Offline gambling restriction history
After many debates, the Japanese Diet (legislative authority) passed the Bill in 2016, promoting the implementation of Integrated Resort Areas. The Bill focuses on the legalisation of casino facilities across Japan, which are prohibited by the law. The national legislation is confusing for non-native visitors who don’t understand the background of a big “pachinko” industry, without legalised gambling.