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INTERVIEW: Hard Rock Int’l vows to prevent gambling addiction in Hokkaido

  • March 7, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 12:31 p.m.
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Sapporo, March 7 (Jiji Press) — U.S. entertainment company Hard Rock International, which is seeking to open a casino-featuring integrated resort in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, will take all possible measures to prevent gambling addiction there, a senior official has stressed.

Hard Rock International plans to conduct entrance checks using a face authentication system and put restrictions on the use of slot machines if necessary, Paul Pellizzari, the company’s vice president of global social responsibility, said in a recent interview with Jiji Press in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital.

Hard Rock International hopes to operate a casino-featuring IR in Hokkaido in a manner that is suitable for the region, while consulting with local experts, Pellizzari said. The Florida-based company is aiming to operate an IR in the city of Tomakomai.

He also noted that the company will ask Japanese customers to show their My Number social security and taxation identification cards and ban the admission of those who exhibit signs of gambling addiction with the use of the face recognition system.

The legislation enacted last year to introduce IRs in Japan requires identification checks by My Number cards and limits admission to casinos to three times a week.

Hard Rock International operates a total of 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos in 74 countries.

In Japan, it runs six Hard Rock Cafes, including in Tokyo and western Japan prefecture of Osaka.

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