Did you know?: There are more than 12,000 pachinko parlors in Japan

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Did you know?: There are more than 12,000 pachinko parlors in Japan

by: Shoji Kudaka | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: December 07, 2017

Pachinko parlors dot the Japanese archipelago from northern Hokkaido to the southern island of Okinawa. For lovers and seasoned players of the game in Japan, pachinko is considered a great pastime and an indispensable factor in their lives. With nearly 12,000 registered parlors, about 11 million people play pachinko annually. All those people playing help make the pachinko a 19 trillion yen ($210 billion) industry.