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4% of Japan's GDP Comes from Pachinko, a Form of Slot Machine-Like Gambling
Even before Shinzo Abe’s government opened the door to potential
casino development in Japan, the nation’s gamblers wagered 23.3 trillion
yen ($203 billion) on Pachinko and slot machines in 2015.
though that market is shrinking as the population ages and finds other
forms of entertainment, and the amount bet is down by almost a third
from the peak in 2005, it's still equivalent to about 4 percent of
Japan's gross domestic product.
In addition to Pachinko and slot
machines, you can legally bet on boat, horse and bicycle races,
motorcycle speedway, and buy lottery tickets.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what
they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It
- Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings