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National betting on soccer

Date Posted: 1998-03-27

After years of debate, the House of Representatives, the Ministry of Education and the National Committee for Science have given a green light to a scheme to start a nation wide betting on soccer games. The first tickets are scheduled to go on sale two years from now.

In the House of Representatives, only religious groups and the Communist Party of Japan representatives are opposing the scheme. "To sell betting tickets for the outcome of sports events gives a very bad example for our children. It also shows bad sportsmanship," one opposing member og the House commented.

The planners expect a betting ticket to cost 100 each and the jackpot to be 100 million. The bets would be placed on the results of games between the ten professional soccer teams playing in the Japanese J-League.

However, the opponents of the plan are vowing to place every possible challenge on its way to prevent the plan to become a reality.

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