Gambling in Japan operates in the shadows, yet it accounts for nearly half of sales in the country's leisure sector. And for some, a harmless pastime can turn into a dangerous addiction. About three million Japanese are thought to have experienced a gambling addiction at some point in their lives. Earlier this year, the government approved plans to build Japan's first casino, a long-awaited move that has divided public opinion. Our correspondents report on Japan's troubled relationship with gambling.
16 Oct 2021
From an image of Hulk who suddenly leaps over your head to a painting that changes its colours, one Berlin street art exhibition offers visitors a chance to experience paintings in 3D. Called "Game Over", the exhibition inspired by video games is housed in a former casino stretching over 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) which is due to be torn down.
1 Jan 2020
A senior Japanese politician has been taken into custody on suspicion of taking bribes from a Chinese company. The scandal has sparked renewed concerns over the negative impact casinos may have on society.
2 Jun 2017
At least thirty-six bodies are found in a casino complex after local police rule out terrorism as the motive of an incident when a masked man burst in with an automatic rifle and set fire to the building.