Japan casino regulation could lead to more growth for third biggest gambling market

12 February 2014

Japan is already the third biggest gambling market in the world in terms of gross win and after many false starts is considering regulating land-based casinos in order to boost trade and tourism in some of its major cities.

Simon Holliday, founder and director of H2 Gambling Capital, gives a detailed assessment of the Japanese gambling market and explains why a number of factors such as a high GDP per adult, the popularity of ‘Pachinko’ and ‘Pashi-slot’ machines and a high propensity to gamble in the domestic non-casino gambling market could provide a favourable environment should the momentum for regulation of land-based casinos be maintained in the near future.

This latest article for iGaming Business from the leading igaming data specialist H2 Gambling Capital sheds further light on some of the key components of the Japanese gambling sector: the country is the third biggest market in the world in terms of gross win without a regulated land-based casino industry, the Japan Racing Association is the biggest betting operator in the world and has been exploiting online and mobile platforms for a lot longer than in Europe and Japanese gamblers are regular visitors to South Korean casinos.

When it comes to attracting tourists and international gamblers, Japan welcomed ‘only’ 9.5 million international visitors in 2013, compared with 14.5 million for Singapore during the same period, showing its potential.

Read the full article by following this link.

H2’s article on Japan is part of a series of data-led analysis pieces the data specialist is producing with iGaming Business:

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