the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Monday, April 06, 2009

Pachinko stats

These are borrowed (recycled) from MutantFrog Travelogue and Bloomberg:

Introduced in the 1920s, pachinko is played by about 13 percent of Japan's population, who fed 23 trillion yen into the machines in 2007, according to the Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development.

Numbers are down from 16 percent of the population and 29.6 trillion yen in 2003, a drop that was caused by a regulatory crackdown on types of machines that encouraged heavy gambling, according to a February 2007 report by CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.

13,000 Parlors

Japan's 13,000 pachinko halls—more than one for every 10,000 residents—are located throughout the country around train stations, along highways and in entertainment areas.

That's a whopping 13,000 parlors, compared to:


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