Japan's history with games and casinos

As in other sectors, Japanese policy chose to create mechanisms that try to shield the country from cultures coming from other places, which affects the presence of casinos there.

Generally speaking, gambling is prohibited in Japanese territory, as well as the structures of casinos and betting on slot machines, mobile games and sports, however, there are some loopholes in the legislation.

Pursuant to Article 23 of Japan's Penal Code, betting money on games is a crime, the only exception to the rule is betting on public sporting events, where the betting mode is called “Koei Kyogi” (公営競技), where, part of amount collected is destined to the public coffers, both for the federal government and for the local.

Still, there are only four types of sports considered public, that is, where bets are released, as follows:

  • Horse racing (Keiba);
  • Bike Racing (keirin);
  • Boat race (Kyotei);
  • Motorcycle racing (Ōto Rēsu).

Apart from the public sports modalities that allow betting, the game also takes place in two locations, the Pachinko and the Lotteries (Takarakuji).

Although at Pachinko there are traditional gaming machines in a modality that resembles slot machines with a pinball version, there are no prizes in cash, but in products, ranging from lighters, pens to high-value electronics .


Outside the Pachinko environment, there is usually a place that is installed right next door, where you can sell these prizes obtained with the games, and convert them into cash, which exempts the place from any misdemeanor.

This maneuver is allowed due to the great cultural appeal that the sport has for the Japanese, in addition to representing a great economic impact, since the country has about 15 thousand establishments of this type.

Japan's history with games and casinos - casino

Lotteries, on the other hand, operate in a system regulated by public bodies, as is the case in Brazil.


The Japanese are especially passionate about the modalities of Nenmatsu Jumbo Takarakuji, a big award that takes place at the turn of the year, every December 31, the Jumbo Takarakuji, which takes place 3 times a year, and also the Mini Lotto, drawn weekly every Tuesday on Thursdays and the ticket costs ¥200.