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Japan's Pachinko Parlours - 19 August 2014
Japan's once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national obsession, with about 12,000 parlours nation-wide and one in thirteen people playing the game. But that figure is declining as the population shrinks and younger people prefer games on their mobile phones.
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A Dynam Pachinko parlour is seen at dusk in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. Japan's once-booming...
HONJO, Japan
A Dynam Pachinko parlour is seen at dusk in Honjo, north of Tokyo
A Dynam Pachinko parlour is seen at dusk in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. Japan's once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
People are seen through windows at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014....
HONJO, Japan
People are seen through windows at a Dynam Pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo
People are seen through windows at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national obsession, with about 12,000 parlours nation-wide and one in thirteen people playing the game. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Visitors play Pachinko at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. But that...
HONJO, Japan
Visitors play Pachinko at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo
Visitors play Pachinko at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. But that figure is declining as the population shrinks and younger people prefer games on their mobile phones. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A visitor (R) collects prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August...
HONJO, Japan
A visitor collects prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo
A visitor (R) collects prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Visitors (C) queue up to collect prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo...
HONJO, Japan
Visitors queue up to collect prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo...
Visitors (C) queue up to collect prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A sign indicating prohibited behaviour is displayed at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo...
Fuefuki, Japan
A sign indicating prohibited behaviour is displayed at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo...
A sign indicating prohibited behaviour is displayed at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A worker builds a rack which will house pachinko machines during construction work for the opening of...
Fukaya, Japan
A worker builds a rack which will house pachinko machines during construction work for the opening of...
A worker builds a rack which will house pachinko machines during construction work for the opening of a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Workers check electrical cables to be used for security cameras during construction work for the opening...
Fukaya, Japan
Workers check electrical cables to be used for security cameras during construction work for the opening...
Workers check electrical cables to be used for security cameras during construction work for the opening of a Pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A worker checks a ceiling during construction work for the opening of a Pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north...
Fukaya, Japan
A worker checks a ceiling during construction work for the opening of a Pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north...
A worker checks a ceiling during construction work for the opening of a Pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Workers carry pachinko machines out of a truck in preparation for the opening of a hall at a pachinko...
Fukaya, Japan
Workers carry pachinko machines out of a truck in preparation for the opening of a hall at a pachinko...
Workers carry pachinko machines out of a truck in preparation for the opening of a hall at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Silver balls are seen in a truck during the installation of pachinko machines in preparation for the...
Fukaya, Japan
Silver balls are seen in a truck during the installation of pachinko machines in preparation for the...
Silver balls are seen in a truck during the installation of pachinko machines in preparation for the opening of a hall at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A Dynam employee pushes a pachinko machine during its installation at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north...
Fukaya, Japan
A Dynam employee pushes a pachinko machine during its installation, at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya,...
A Dynam employee pushes a pachinko machine during its installation at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Dynam employees are seen during the installation of pachinko machines, ahead of the opening of the hall...
Fukaya, Japan
Dynam employees are seen during the installation of pachinko machines, ahead of the opening of the hall...
Dynam employees are seen during the installation of pachinko machines, ahead of the opening of the hall in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A worker holds silver pachinko balls at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Issei...
Fukaya, Japan
A worker holds silver pachinko balls at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo
A worker holds silver pachinko balls at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour...
Fukaya, Japan
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour...
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Dynam employees check their if hairstyles are in accordance with regulations, as they receive customer-care...
Fukaya, Japan
Dynam employees check if their hairstyles are in accordance with regulations, as they receive customer-care...
Dynam employees check their if hairstyles are in accordance with regulations, as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour...
Fukaya, Japan
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour...
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Dynam employees say a greeting message as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening...
Fukaya, Japan
Dynam employees say a greeting message as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening...
Dynam employees say a greeting message as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Dynam employees bow in a prescribed way as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening...
Fukaya, Japan
Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour...
Dynam employees bow in a prescribed way as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
People wait outside a pachinko parlour as a person dressed as Dynam's official mascot, Morisuke, tries...
Fuefuki, Japan
People wait outside a pachinko parlour as a person dressed as Dynam's official mascot, Morisuke, tries...
People wait outside a pachinko parlour as a person dressed as Dynam's official mascot, Morisuke, tries to attract visitors in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato...
Fuefuki, Japan
Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo
Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A visitor plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei...
Fuefuki, Japan
A visitor plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo
A visitor plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato...
Fuefuki, Japan
Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo
Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A woman plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei...
Fuefuki, Japan
A woman plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo
A woman plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
Silver balls bounce through a pachinko machine at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo...
Fuefuki, Japan
Silver balls bounce through a pachinko machine at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo
Silver balls bounce through a pachinko machine at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-RECREATION/PACHINKO
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August 19, 2014
A combination photo shows pachinko machines at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June...
Fuefuki, Japan
A combination photo shows pachinko machines at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo
A combination photo shows pachinko machines at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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