Outside of Japan little is known about the laws governing gambling, and in particular the dominant form of gambling – the pachinko machine. This article summarizes the situation. For those new to the topic there is a link at the end of the article introducing the pachinko industry.
Act to Control Businesses That May Affect Public Morals came into force
Regulation Concerning the Certification and Official Inspection of Game Machines established
Pachinko machine categories specified
Security Electronics and Communications Technology Association established
Probability variance specified
Internal regulations established by Nikkoso
Emphasis on uniformity of game machines
Submission of technical specifications became mandatory for format inspection
Criteria for gambling characteristics machines
Pachinko machine categories abolished
Regulation 5 to cut the gambling element of the higher volatility pachislot machines
The intention of the new Regulation 5 is to better control the pachislot industry. Concerns arose because the level of spending on leisure activities in Japan is fairly constant (given demographics and economic situation) and the higher spending on pachislot and gambling is having a negative impact on other leisure activities. The goal is to return to low return / low risk pachinko machines.
It is unclear how successful the legislation will be in achieving its aim, and there are two likely outcomes:
The government comes under increasing pressure to allow machines with higher appeal i.e. higher volatility. From a political perspective, pachinko / pachislot industry influence could outweigh that of the general public, which do not seem to view this industry as creating too many social problems.
The pachinko lobbyists are resisted in the face of the police authorities who have made it clear that there is a high correlation between pachislots (not pachinko), burglaries and other social issues.
Hot Link – The Pachinko Machine industry is described in more detail in this article, which also covers its connections to North Korea.
Doyle Swain Jnr. hopes you enjoy exploring the pachinko industry