A popular Japanese Pachinko parlor: Pachinko is a pinball / slot hybrid gambling game unique to Japan. (Image: tokyo-foreigners.com)
We may not think of Japanese gambling addicts once we think of this mostly formal, extremely polite island nation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Has Japan got a gambling problem?
As the country prepares to open up itself up to legalized and regulated casino gambling, a new study may give lawmakers pause for thought. Some 5.36 million individuals in Japan, or 4.8 percent of the adult population, may be issue or pathological gamblers, claims a report commissioned by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and that’s a lot more than other developed country.
The Kurihama health and Addiction Center quizzed 7,000 arbitrarily selected grownups about their gambling habits pertaining to popular Japanese betting pastimes, such as horse race, online casinos, Pachinko, slots and boat race. They were expected questions such as for example if they had ever borrowed cash for gambling, or whether gambling had ever caused disruptions within their family life.
Of the 7,000 participants, 4,153 gave valid responses from which scientists were able to extrapolate that 8.7 percent of men and 1.8 % of women in Japan is being addicted to gambling.
If these results are accurate, it indicates that Japan has around five times the total amount of gambling addiction in its population than most develo