The Japanese port city of Osaka has stated it will name and shame more pachinko parlour gambling outlets that are defying the lockdown put into place to curb the spread of Covid-19. On Friday, three out of the six locations it identified were subsequently closed.
Pachinko is a Japanese form of legal gambling which is a huge attraction for visitors. “A lot of places have closed down after we named the six last week. We are now conducting a survey of pachinko parlours and will announce the results accordingly,” a spokesman for Osaka Prefecture said.
Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas on April 7 which was later extended to the rest of the country. Japan has however shied away from enforcing stricter steps due to civil abuses that happened during World War Two and the US-drafted post-war constitution, which protects those rights.