Gambling in Japan 日本の賭博

La roulette, bientôt au Japon

Roulette, soon in Japan


A hobby that flirts with illegality

According to a study in 2014 by the Kurihama Medical Center, 5.3 million Japanese are addicted to gambling. Pachinko, lottery, sports betting, these activities are gaining more popularity in a country where gambling is illegal...


Day or night, the alleys of Shibuya Maruhan not always full of players rarely.

Day and night, the alleys of the Maruhan in Shibuya are rarely empty of players.



  • Mahjong

Tile game imported from China, Mah-jong is a game of tactics whose goal is to make combinations.

Very popular in Japan, Mah-jong rooms are very controlled by the authorities. And although there are still more than 10,000 throughout the country, a good part of the rooms has been closed in recent years due to abuses.

So why is Mahjong still legal? Quite simply because we circumvent the law as for the previous games.




Le jeu du mah-jong, un classique en Asie

The game of mah-jong, a classic in Asia


Bureau de jeu japonais

japanese gaming desk



  • Lotto 6 


Lotto 6 is a lottery that takes place every Monday and Thursday. The 7-line ticket also costs 200yen and for each line, you must choose 6 numbers between 1 and 43 as well as a bonus number. The goal here is to have at least 3 outgoing numbers.

You can win up to 1 trillion yen ($8.5 million/7.7€ million).


  • Lotto 7


Unlike Loto 6, Loto 7 has only 5 lines in which you have to choose 7 numbers between 1 and 37, as well as two bonus numbers.


Un ticket de Mini Loto

A Mini Lotto ticket

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