Pachinko winnings limit to be lowered

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The National Police Agency plans to lower the upper limit for winnings from “pachinko” pinball games, it was learned Monday.

The plan is part of the government’s efforts to combat gambling addiction, after so-called integrated resort promotion legislation was enacted in December last year to legalize casinos in the country.

Under the latest initiative, the maximum pachinko profit for an average playing time of four hours will be set at below ¥50,000 from the current level of more than ¥100,000, sources said. The NPA is expected to apply similar regulations to slot machines.

According to the NPA, about 70 percent of people who consulted with Recovery Support Network, a nonprofit organization offering advice mainly to those addicted to pachinko, lost at least ¥50,000 per month.Speech

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