Online Gambling in Japan

Aside from wagering with the government run JRA, participating in the Takarakuji (lottery) or Toto (J-league soccer pools), gambling is illegal in Japan and there are presently no land based casinos. Japanese gamblers wanting play games like roulette, blackjack and baccarat must fly to Macau, Malaysia or further afield to the likes of Australia or Las Vegas. Japan, like many other Asian countries is a jurisdiction whose residents have a clear propensity to gamble and yet very few traditional avenues to satisfy that propensity.

This may soon change however, with reports in February 2009 that the Japanese government had commenced discussions with some of the world’s larger online gambling organizations regarding the possibility of introducing a new regulatory regime. Severely effected by the global financial crisis, Japan, like many other countries around the world are becoming far more receptive to the idea of a regulated and taxed online gambling industry as a means of raising much needed government revenues. The possibility of new terrestrial casinos is also on the cards, following the lead of jurisdictions like Singapore and Macau.

Limited details were available at the time of writing regarding the proposed new laws and it is likely that any changes that do eventuate will not happen for some time.

Best live casinos for Japanese players

In the absence of any existing regulatory framework, a number of well known online casino operators have been providing Japanese centric services for some time now, including:

Live casinos for Japan players
Casinos
Players from your location accepted
Player access
Deposits accepted and/or can maintain account in local currency
Banking
Toll free numbers from your country
Toll free support
local language site/support capabilities
Local language
games regionally focused
Games

888 Casino

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No restrictions on Japanese player
sign-ups
No deposit restrictions. Yes YES European based dealer room with Euro centric games

UNIBET

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No restrictions on Japanese player
sign-ups
No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in USD
No No European based dealer room with Euro
centric games.

Bet365

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No restrictions on Japanese player
sign-ups
No deposit restrictions.
Can maintain account in Japanese Yen (JPY)
No No Asian based dealer studio
including blackjack, baccarat, roulette and baccarat variations.

Bodog

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No restrictions on Japanese player
sign-ups
No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in USD
No No Asian based dealer studio
including many baccarat variations, sicbo and Asian roulette.