What does baseball scandal mean for Japanese gambling?

What does baseball scandal mean for Japanese gambling?

Friday, October 23, 2015 Totally Gaming
Three Yomiuri Giants players are accused of illegal betting

Hopes for an expansion of gambling in Japan have been hit by a high-profile betting scandal in the country’s baseball league.

Ahead of the start of the new Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) League season, three Yomiuri Giants players have been accused of illegally betting on professional games.

The Associated Press news agency said that Satoshi Fukuda, Shoki Kasahara and Ryuya Matsumoto have admitted to gambling on the sport, but claim to have not been involved in any game-fixing.

The Giants have launched an investigation and consulted with police on the matter as gambling on professional sports is illegal in Japan, as well as being a violation of the NPB's charter.

“This is extremely regrettable,” said NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki. “Baseball holds a special place thanks to the support it has had for a long time from many fans.”

Almost all gambling is illegal in Japan, but a bill that would allow integrated resorts to open has been discussed in Parliament this year. A vote on the proposals was cancelled in August, with much opposition from groups who are concerned about the potential for social issues relating to problem gambling and corruption.

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