Japan authorities are discussing a new bill which proposed a mandatory personal registration of the residents’ visiting casinos in order to ban them if authorities consider there is a risk of problem gambling.

The accounting of clients and identification of problem players will be carried out through the national ID-system “My Number”. Japanese players will be required to present a “My Number” identity card every time they enter a gaming venue.

According to the bill, all operators in Japan will have to provide the authorities with info about residents’ visits. The registration lists will be controlled by a special government commission, one of the external bureaus of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The bill was proposed after the failure of its earlier version, which included a complete ban on visiting casinos by residents of Japan. The idea of ‘Foreigners Only’ casinos  in Japan has not found support among investors, jeopardizing the development of the gambling industry in the country.


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