Japan’s draft gaming plan to shut out Yakuza via suitability checks

Japan’s draft plan to legalise gambling includes establishing an independent gaming regulator modelled on authorities that police casinos in Singapore and Las Vegas and calls for measures to cut out the country’s organised crime gangs, known as Yakuza, the Reuters news agency, which claims to have seen an outline of the regulations, reported. 

The draft plan calls for the creation of an agency that would have control over the issuing of licenses and the policing of gaming operations. The plan recommends stringent checks on the “suitability” of the people and businesses involved, similar to those conducted by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Directors and senior executives of licensees in Japan would be required to provide bank account, credit card, and tax records for themselves and their families going back 10 years.