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Major robbery in Aichi pachinko parlor parking lot

A pachinko industry-related businessman was robbed of 30 million yen (about USD263,000) in cash in Chiryu city, Aichi Prefecture, on Oct. 5th. The crime took...

Pachinko chains institute rolling store closures in Hokkaido

Larger pachinko companies, ordinarily quite conspicuous in their consumption of electricity, are going the extra mile in energy-tight Hokkaido by instituting rolling closures at their outlets as a special conservation measure that goes beyond turning off some neon signs.

Pachinko parlors face energy crunch in Hokkaido

The approximately 430 pachinko parlors in Hokkaido, like all other businesses and households in the earthquake-hit prefecture, are facing government demands to immediately reduce their consumption of electricity by at least 20 percent, forcing many to turn off their characteristic neon signs and elaborate internal lighting.

Maruhan grapples with gambling addiction issues

Pachinko hall operator Maruhan held an event on August 28 to raise its understanding of gambling addiction and their own responsibility to combat it.
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GLI Japan wins government endorsement

Gaming Laboratories International has received Japanese government approval to test and certify pachinko and pachislot machines, breaking the monopoly of the Security Communications Association (Hotsukyo).

Breaking the link between pachinko and tobacco

The passage of the anti-smoking ordinance by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly in late June is forcing the pachinko industry to grapple with yet another major policy challenge, as social and legal standards in Japan are beginning to shift.

Communist Party takes aim at pachinko payouts

Japan Communist Party lawmaker Tomoko Tamura hammered the government on the issue of pachinko payouts during a debate leading up to the passage of the Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures.

Global casinos not attracting Japan tourists

Asia’s glitzy IRs and casinos around the world are not attracting large numbers of Japanese tourists, despite their propensity to gamble in pachinko parlours at home, operators on a panel at the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona said.

Casino debate impacts pachinko industry agenda

Leaders of Japan’s pachinko industry are recognizing that increased public attention to the casino debate is putting them on the firing line for gambling...

Maruhan suffers 7.6 percent revenue decline in FY17

Maruhan, operator of the second-largest number of pachinko halls and number one in terms of sales, suffered a 7.6 percent decline in overall revenues...

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