On Thursday the Government said that it plans to ask the Horse race and Pachinko parlor operators to consider installing the facial recognition system to restrict the admission of gambling addicts. A part of a basic plan to combat gambling is the adoption of facial recognition system that the government has drafted to pave the way for opening casinos in the country. As the officials mentioned that the installation of a facial recognition system can help in identifying gambling addicts after confining their admission into racetracks and pachinko parlors are being requested by themselves or family members.
The removal of the Automated Teller Machine from such gambling areas is also under the government’s plan. The government aims to execute the plan by next month, after seeking the public views. Every three years the plan will be reviewed, and it will also include bicycle and speedboat racing. The government said that on requests by family members the admission restriction on gambling addicts will be introduced for pachinko parlors during fiscal 2019, which ends in March next year.
The draft plan states that the introduction of a system in fiscal 2020 sets a maximum limitation on gambling addicts of how much they will buy when purchasing horse and boat race betting tickets online. The plan also restricts the gambling industry and its operators from advertising guidelines so as not to provoke people’s desire to gamble. In fiscal 2020, the ministry will conduct surveys on issues regarding gambling addictions, also multiple debts, abuse, poverty, suicide and crime and will also set up consultation offices on gambling addiction in all prefectures in major cities.
The ministry will start looking into the effects of gambling addictions on child abuse and advises the schools to strengthen education on gambling addiction, in fiscal 2019. The National Police Agency will also instruct prefectural police departments to bring down illegal gambling.