Do you support legalized casino operations in Japan?

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Casino is an artificial, human-made agent of chaos inside an already chaotic society. Making people rich and mostly poor in a blink... Only irresponsible and desperate people would go into that den of questionable fortune. But the biggest fault lies on those supporting it and opening it again and again, ruining families and leeching off the society with the unhealthiest kind of capitalism to date.

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I'm in favor of opening casinos in Japan myself.

There is a lot of tourist money that goes into the country hosting the casinos. More than is spent at the gambling tables. There is the entertainment around the casinos, the hotels, restaurants, cabs and airfare. People who visit to gamble may easily take a short trip somewhere else in the country and spend even more money here. All that money is going to go somewhere in Asia, why not have it come to Japan?

As far as the casinos ruining the fabric of society goes I'm not worried in the least. I don't see how having one or two cities with casinos will be worse than the pachinko halls that we already have every couple of blocks.

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If gambling is done on a small scale, and the casino can create limits . . . so there is no chance of losing a large amount of money . . . . People should go in knowing, that the casino is only for fun and that proceeds help the community, government to make money.

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Gambling is taking advantage of others.

Not good character.

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Pachinko already ruins lives, there's no requirement to ruin more

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This idea that gambling doesn't already exist in Japan is nonsense. Pachinko halls are everywhere. If you allow pachinko, you ought to allow other gambling games as well.

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I am against it. Gambling often becomes an addiction and, like any other addiction, destroys lives. There is no benefit to it that outweighs the negative consequences.

The argument that since pachinko is in place here, Japan should allow other forms of gambling, is an utterly illogical one. What, because something bad exists, we should encourage it and make sure it becomes full-blown BAD? That's just destructive.

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Maria, if an individual has an adictive personality, they will find something to be addicted to. Even where gambling is wholly outlawed it still goes on but with even worse social consequences. It is much better to have it open, legal and therefore subject to societies control and regulation.

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@englisc aspyrgend

Are you saying that societies in countries where gambling is legal have fewer gambling-related problems?

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You can't have freedom if you don't allow people to make adult decisions and do what they want with their own money. Are you against freedom Maria? The vast majority of people who walk in and out of casinos don't have a problem with the gambling. In fact, they have fun! Are you against fun? Your argument is analogous to banning alcohol. SOME people have a problem, but MOST adults are able to handle themselves. For those who can't, there are rehabilitation programs, not draconian laws that exacerbate problems and take away freedom.

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draconian laws

@Coconut H20: Do you think not having casinos in a country is draconian? Oh my. You are very fortunate.

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Judging by the gambling addiction attributed to pachinko, I'd say this a bad idea.

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Perhaps draconian was too strong a word, but certainly outlawing adults from doing what they want to do with their own money is indicative of an overprotective, nanny state.

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Key findings of a study on gambling show that despite MOST individuals having gambled at some point in their lives, pathological gambling problems affect a small minority of people.

"Almost all national surveys concluded that most individuals have gambled at some point during their lives, with more gamblers than non-gamblers.

Lifetime prevalence of combined problem and pathological gambling across the world ranged from 0.7 per cent (in Denmark) to 6.5 per cent (in Estonia). Past-year problem gambling prevalence varied between 0.12 per cent (Switzerland) and 5.8 per cent (Hong Kong).

Despite Australia’s reputation for the largest spend on gambling activities per capita, the two studies cited put Australia’s problem gambling prevalence rate at 0.05 per cent, at the lower end of the scale compared to other countries – it is on par with the UK, but far below the USA (4 per cent) and Canada (2 per cent)." https://www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/information-and-resources/research/foundation-research-program/giro-research-updates/january-2017/problem-gambling-prevalence-global-comparisons

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No, and please close all these horrible noisy pachinkos, they are society's parasites and a source of income for Japanese crime syndicates.

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