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Game centers fudging on school kids playing

Date Posted: 2006-06-23

Police are cracking down on slot machine operators who are allowing youngsters to both play machines and reap money instead of prizes.

Ginowan Police have taken tough measures against game centers allowing boys and girls in high school uniforms to play the machines and to get cash out of the operators. Vendors are defending their moves, saying “customers aren’t interest in coming over anymore without gambling and getting cash money.”

Japanese law prohibits game centers from doling out cash as rewards for wins.

A slot machine typically costs Y100 to play, and a player can easily with Y500 coins for good play. Police note that virtually every youngster has at least Y100 pocket change or lunch money.

Choukou Futemma, a member of the Board of Education, says “even though it’s prohibited, how are school boys allowed to play and gamble? That’s too much!” Futemma has asked Okinawa Prefecture Police to investigate after learning in early May that many slot machine shops are geared up for kids to win Y700 for a single win, the highest rate possible. The education official says the operators have stopped giving cash money, and presenting candies, cookies and chocolates instead.

A game center operator isn’t happy with the rules, and says “police are too much around my area, so I’ll stop giving cash for a while.” He adds, though, that “when the police noise stops, then I’ll give cash again.”

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