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Japan: Law to Establish Casino Resorts Enacted

(Sept. 20, 2018) The Act on Development of Specified Complex Tourist Facilities Areas was enacted in Japan in July 2017. (Integrated Resort Development Act, Act No. 80 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra ed. No. 166 (July 27, 2018), at 18, National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) This Act corresponds to the Act on Promotion […]

Japan: Basic Act on Countermeasures Against Gambling Addiction Enacted

(Sept. 13, 2018) The Basic Act on Countermeasures Against Gambling Addiction was enacted in Japan in July 2018. (Basic Act, Act No. 74 of 2018, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] Extra ed. No. 154 (July 13, 2018), National Printing Bureau website (in Japanese).) The Basic Act will become effective by mid-October 2018. (Id. Supp. Provisions art. 1.) […]

Philippines: Amendment to Money Laundering Law to Include Casinos

(Aug. 25, 2017) In July 2017 the Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) was amended to add casinos to the list of entities that are subject to its provisions, and thus certain gambling transactions must now be reported to government authorities. (Press Release, Duterte Signs Law Expanding AMLA Coverage to Include Casinos (July 19, 2017), Philippine […]

Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China […]

Japan: Horse Racing Act Amended

(June 16, 2015) Japan’s amended Horse Racing Act was promulgated on May 7, 2015. (Horse Racing Act, Act No. 158 of 1948 (amended by Act No. 18 of 2015), text of amendment bill, The House of Representatives website (in Japanese).) When the amendment becomes effective within six months of its promulgation, the Minister of Agriculture […]

Sweden: Child in Protective Care Following Excessive Online Gaming

(July 16, 2014) On April 11, 2014, the District Administrative Court in Linköping, Sweden, granted a petition by the Socialnämnd (Social Welfare Committee) to take a 14 year-old youth into protective care based on his excessive gaming. (14-åring tvångsvårdas för datorspelande – “socialt nedbrytande situation,” DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 16, 2014).) The child had not attended […]

Israel: Police Not Authorized to Block Gambling Websites

(Mar. 29, 2013) On March 24, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel rendered a decision in an appeal filed by the Israeli police against the Internet Association of Israel. Justice Uzi Vogelman rejected the appellants’ claim that district police commanders in Israel have the authority to order Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to […]

European Union: Commission Considers Possible Regulation of Online Gambling

(Sept. 19, 2011) On September 7, 2011, following the publication of a green paper and a public consultation, the European Commission announced that it intends to draft a communication on a proposal regulating online gambling. It is anticipated that the proposal will be in the form of a directive that will establish minimum standards concerning […]

Mozambique: New Law Lifts Restrictions on Establishment and Operation of Casinos

(Jan. 19, 2010) It was reported on January 11, 2009, that Armando Guebuza, the President of Mozambique, signed into law an amendment to the 1994 gambling law. (Guebuza Promulgates Casino Bill, AGENCIA DE INFORMACAO DE MOCAMBIQUE, Jan. 11, 2010, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/201001111528.html.) Mozambique's parliament unanimously passed the bill in June 2009, and the Constitutional Council, […]

Aruba; Belize: Advisories on Online Gaming

(Jan. 14, 2010) Belize's Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry, and Consumer Protection recently issued an advisory to warn that it has discovered that a number of online gaming companies are claiming that they hold online gaming licenses, but that the only two companies that are actually officially licensed to operate from the country are […]