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Traditional Japanese culture is something you don’t get in Macau, Singapore or South Korea and those unique points are what we will promote from the resort.


Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura, referring to plans for Japan’s first casino resort set to open in 2030 in the Kansai region.

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I doubt that an Osaka casino is the best place for seeking "traditional Japanese culture." LOL.

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Mmm yes. A casino is totally where one goes to experience "traditional Japanese culture". At least try for a line that's believable.

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Well, they say there is one born every minute and the type who likes to lose money in a casino, if they are at all interested, could probably be persuaded that they are having yet another "unique cultural experience" and that casinos have long been a feature of "ancient Japan."

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The explosion of vices in Kansai region will be extraordinary.

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Conversely, traditional Korean culture is something you don’t get in Japan.

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That would implies that Japanese "traditional" culture equals gambling culture, which probably has some truth in it.

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I wonder if we can say the same thing about American culture vis-a-vis Las Vegas? Big buildings, over-the-top excessive glitz, 'entertainment', and still a money-sucking vacuum. Mankind's version of a black hole.

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What are they going to do? Put pictures of kimono, face masks, sushi, and sumo wrestlers on the slot machines and poker cards instead of bells, fruits, kings and queens?

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Yup, that's why people are going to go to this casino. For the Japanese culture.

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I think that inherently, gambling irresponsibily IS part of Japanese culture,as it is throughout Asia.

Hence,the government's desperate attempt to control it through tote keiba,keirin, speedboat racing etc

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Gambling is big everywhere, not just Asia- ever hear of Vegas or Monte Carlo? Lots of non-Asian people lose their shirts there as well.

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Casinos are basically all the same. Doesn't matter what part of the world.

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Casinos are basically all the same. Doesn't matter what part of the world.

False. The vibe of the casinos in Macau is completely different than Vegas.

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Dang. And I always thought South Korea was the best place to get myself immersed into Japanese culture...

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The silliest statement I have ever heard, as though gamblers will be seeking out traditional culture. By 2030, what will set this casino apart is that it will be in a country where everything, including pleasure, is cheap. The yen will be 300 to the dollar and Japan will bend over backwards to attract tourist money from richer countries.

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LOL. They should fill the casino with cushions people can throw into the air when they lose a bet, like at the Sumo tournaments.

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Put a "Japanese Only" sign at the entrance like back in the '80s and '90s. That was the Japanese culture I got a lot back then but maybe it won't work as they need foreigners' money now. It's not the Japan that can say no anymore.

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