Japan – Three days ago, a state of emergency was declared in Japan by Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, however, a number of pachinko companies have defied the declaration and are continuing to operate.
Pachinko firms, similar to slot machine casinos, offer Japanese players the chance to gamble at parlours throughout the country. At present, until the development of the previously announced integrated resorts, gambling is illegal in Japan, but pachinko is as an exception and treated as an amusement activity.
Okura Holdings is just one pachinko firm that is operating business as usual as reported to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, whereby ‘the group intends to continue operating all of its pachinko halls across Japan, including the five pachinko halls in the areas under the state of emergency.’
Okura Holdings Group is a pachinko hall operator in Japan with 18 pachinko halls primarily located in the Kyushu region. Customers visit the halls to play pachinko and pachislot games; a type of Japanese slot machine.
According to reports; violators of the declaration will not be fined or arrested but Okura Holdings said: ‘despite the ongoing operation of the group’s pachinko halls, the directors of the company expect that the customer traffic of these five pachinko halls may significantly decline, resulting in an adverse impact on the group’s revenue and profit before income tax.’