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NEWS 11 March 2019

Japan wants facial recognition at gambling establishments

By Nathan Joyes

Officials in Japan have proposed the installation of facial recognition systems at pachinko parlours, boat and horseracing venues, to help tackle gambling addiction.

The idea behind the concept is to refuse entry to verified problem gamblers and underage gamblers (under the age of 20 according to Japanese law).

There has also been a call to remove ATM machines from the premises of pachinko parlours.

The government has pitched this concept to the public, who will be able to share their opinion on the idea until 27 March.

If the public is on board with the decision, the government will finalise a policy for the nation’s public gambling facilities by the end of April, aiming for construction by 2021.

Images of problem gamblers can be stored at the request of players themselves, or their families.

Japan has announced 20 major cities will begin setting up treatment and support centres for problem gamblers by 2020.

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