Even before Shinzo Abe’s government opened the door to casinos in Japan, the nation’s gamblers wagered ¥23.3 trillion on pachinko and related slot machines in 2015.
Even though the 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.
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