Casinos Will Bring Only Misery to Japan

Casinos Will Bring Only Misery to Japan


About 60-70% of Japanese oppose casinos
Please look at this graph
The question is, “What do think about building…”
…a casino facility in the region where you live?”
75% of the people answered that they don’t want it
And here’s a survey of Osaka people about casinos
Even in Osaka, the opposition is over 50%
And, there was recently the Yokohama mayoral election
According to the exit polls taken at the voting booths
77% said “No” to the idea of building a casino
The Japanese people are firmly against casinos
It is unreasonable to build casinos under this condition
In Japan we already have pachinko, pachislot,
horse racing, bicycle racing, boat racing, auto racing
and various kinds of lotteries
It’s already a country with a lot of gambling
Pachinko and pachislot is in front of many train stations
Day or night, by utilizing the internet
People can play gambling dice games
Japan is a big gambling country
So if we now open IR casinos
Those engaged in gambling would increase
Gambling addiction is not about a person’s own will
Even if their family and friends try to persuade them
Gambling addicts can’t stop their behavior
This is because it is a disease inside the brain
Even if they try as hard as they can, they can’t quit
They cannot help but keep borrowing money
For pachinko, pachislot, horse racing, bicycle racing
They just can’t stop — that’s gambling addiction
Certainly, IR casinos will produce sales and income
But where does that money come from?
It’s the money from Japanese people losing
It just shifts money from the right hand to the left hand
From the losers to the winners
So, sure, some employment is created
And then, some tax money is spread to the local area
But at the base is the money Japanese people lost
It is built on the misfortune of many people
That’s not the path for a great economic country
Regional areas in Japan are facing economic decline
Their economies are sinking further and further
South of Osaka is Wakayama Prefecture
Wakayama City is trying to attract an IR casino
They want to increase tourists to their area
They want to make their local economy stronger
There are other local areas which have the same hopes
However, if IR casinos are established
It will not necessarily help the local economies
For example, consider the case of Universal Studios Japan
When USJ first came to Osaka
All the local market streets were excited at the prospect
They thought the customers would come to their shops
They hoped their shopping malls would fill up
But visitors to USJ in fact spent all their money inside USJ
The surrounding businesses received no additional money
If IR casinos are built, people will spend only inside the IRs
The local businesses cannot expect much of a boost
There’s one more thing I want to show you
This is data from the case of Korea
They now have casinos in 17 places in Korea
This is about the overall economic effect of hosting casinos
There are social costs to hosting casinos
There are economic costs as well
Here is the effect on personal debt
Here is unemployment
Money spent dealing with crime
Here is various legal and judicial fees
Here is medical costs for dealing with addiction
And money for rehabilitation
These costs amount to five times casinos’ positive effects
That means that the social costs associated with casinos
can outrun benefits by five, six, seven times
The same thing could happen in Japan
In other words, IR casinos might benefit the casino industry
and it could have merit for some politicians
But for we Japanese people in the regional areas
There is actually no benefit at all
For us, we can expect nothing good from hosting casinos

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