Gambling-mad Japan could get badly burned by legalised casinos The Nation · March 1, 2018 at 9:22 pm With Japan about to legalise casinos, the government is seeking ways to tame an explosion of gambling that could be worth $40 billion a year. Tokyo aims to pass a bill on gambling resorts during the current Diet session, making it possible to open casinos in the next two years. Under the draft bill, Japanese nationals and foreign residents will be limited to three casino visits per week and must pay and an entry fee of 2,000 yen (Bt600) each time. The revenue will go towards tackling gambling addiction. Casinos offer the chance to win– and lose – huge amounts of money in the course of one night. Their games are acknowledged to be far more addictive than horse racing, pachinko and other gambling pastimes, making the dens a headache to regulate The push to legalise casinos is backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as a means to boost tourism and regional development.