Gambling experts are concerned about plans by major Las Vegas operators to set up in Osaka

When she she looks back on her childhood, Noriko Tanaka isn’t surprised she grew up to be a problem gambler. Her grandfather spent every spare moment playing pachinko – a pinball-like game with payouts – while her father bet regularly on bicycle races.

At home, they taught Tanaka how to stake money on card games before she had reached her teens. “It was that kind of household, although no one drank alcohol,” she said. “Everyone lived for gambling.”

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