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Pachinko addiction enquiries rise in Japan

Consultations about Pachinko addiction have increased in the last month.
Consultations about Pachinko addiction have increased in the last month.

The Japanese Recovery Support Network (RSN) registered a rise in the number of telephone consultations during October.

Japan.- Consultations about pachinko addiction have increased in Japan, according to a report from the Recovery Support Network (RSN).

The RSN is a counselling agency specialising in pachinko addiction issues. It reported 319 telephone consultations in October, up from 294 in September.

Of the 319 calls, 171 were first-time consultations. There were 150 consultations from the individuals themselves and 21 from family and friends.

Of the consultations from individuals, 69 got in contact from a hall, 48 while online, while 22 were defined as unknown or declined to say.

RSN is operated through membership fees and donations from pachinko industry groups, hall operators and members.

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