LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Aug 11, 2014

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering seeking taxes on mobile phone owners and the pachinko industry to cover a chronic shortage of government revenue. With the balance of government debts at a record ¥1.04 quadrillion at the end of June, ...

Pachinko parlors face taxing times

May 13, 2014

Pachinko parlors face taxing times

by Farah Master and Nathan Layne

Moves toward legalizing casinos in Japan have reignited a debate over the legal status of pachinko, with a potential new tax mooted for a $200 billion gaming industry that has existed for decades on the fringes of the law. Pachinko, a slot-cum-pinball form of ...

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

| Sep 28, 2013

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

by Philip Brasor

Most of the Olympics-related news reported since Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Games is about projected economic benefits and drawbacks. A lot of construction will take place over the next seven years, but not all of it will be directly related ...

Mar 1, 2013

No betting with welfare money, city may order

With welfare abuse in the spotlight, the city of Ono, Hyogo Prefecture, is mulling an unprecedented ordinance that would ban welfare recipients from using the money for gambling. The city presented a draft ordinance to the assembly Wednesday. If approved, it would take effect ...

Sep 11, 2004

Warrant out for mobster in pachinko kidnapping

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man with underworld connections who is suspected of helping to kidnap a pachinko parlor employee in Osaka Prefecture last week, officials said Friday. Local police said the man is in his 30s, but did not reveal ...