The legalities and rules around online and offline gambling in Japan are very different. Online gambling is permitted for betting on public sports as well as the lottery. These are popular amongst Japanese citizens, with many local hosts and platforms that present legal opportunities for residents and tourists.
For online games such as slots, poker and other, perhaps more Western games, residents, and citizens of Japan must use sites of foreign operators. This is not entirely legal or permitted but is still relatively commonplace across the country. As the country continues discussions about legalizing casinos, the online gambling industry will evolve too.
Generally speaking, casinos and gambling are illegal across the country. This is heavily criticized and debated across the country as many laws are viewed as archaic, dating back as early as the pre-20th century. As such, there have been ongoing and productive discussions and movement towards legalizing casinos and gambling.
There are some exceptions to these strict laws and rules and there are some activities that are legalized. These include:
No matter where you are gambling or whether you decide to play online or offline, it is important to make sure that you register and play at legal and licensed casinos and institutions. The license indicates that the operator meets regulatory standards for operation and consumer protection.
Some of the ways in which a licensed casino can be better and much safer than non-licensed institutions include consumer protection. Protecting players' personal and financial information is important and should not be overlooked by players as, especially online, there are many risks with unprotected and unregulated sites. Players should read about the casino before playing.
Responsible gambling spans beyond just reading the fine print. It is important to be well equipped to gamble safely and responsibly. This can include setting a budget and financial boundaries, playing with friends for accountability, setting time limits and overall, just knowing ones' limits when gambling.
Responsible gambling is important as it helps mitigate risks of addiction, problematic gambling and the consequences that may ensue. Gambling is known to be addictive and a slippery slope with people easily overspending time and money at both online and offline casinos. It also helps with accountability, budgeting and protecting oneself.
Japan is home to nearly 130 million people, making it a very population-dense country. Japan actually has the fastest aging population in the world, with many people over the age of 50 and the population decreasing relatively steadily at a rate of about 0.2 percent annually.
Japan is visited by tourists who come from all over the world and is sought out for its unique culture, beautiful landscapes as well as its food and architecture. The country has no shortage of things for tourists to do and see, ranging from temples to gardens and everything in between.