The United States boasts a commercial casino industry of about $37 billion annually. Macau, which is a special administrative region of China, is about equal to the U.S. output.
Betting currently exists in Japan on Pachinko, a popular pinball-like slot machine that awards prizes. Estimates put Japan’s casino market at $10 billion.
According to Reuters, Japan lawmakers plan to introduce a proposal this fall. However it’s not a sure bet. Opponents worry about rises in gambling addiction, among other social consequences.
Japan has a population of about 128 million.