In as little as 20 years, online gambling has become a billion-dollar industry and Japan has been a leader of this industry since the inception of online casinos. The first Japanese online casino was established in 1998, with a very basic design and you’d have to wait for ages for the page to load because of dial-up internet.
However, it was in the mid-2000s that online gambling started to gain legal status in Europe and other countries and Japan really cemented its position in the industry. Having the infrastructure in place already, the only thing Japanese developers had to do was make their platform available to the international market. Initially, the language barrier was a problem and sites in English were rife with spelling and grammatical errors.
However, today the landscape is very different. Japanese online casinos implement quality control measures to ensure that their entire platform, from the gameplay to the design to the language, works flawlessly and is error-free. This leads to a great experience for the user, which is evident from the vast customer base of the online gambling industry.
Online casinos offer unparalleled convenience for gambling enthusiasts. Time and geographical constraints aren’t really an issue considering all you really need to play is a working internet connection and a laptop or mobile device. Until fairly recently, Japanese developers stayed restricted to PC, but have slowly come around and now offer access to their platforms through multiple devices and operating systems.
So whether you want to enjoy a single hand of blackjack while you wait at the dentist’s office or play a full poker session after work, you can do it all from the convenience of your mobile device or computer.
THEY’RE CHEAPER AND OFFER MORE BONUSES
Japanese online casinos are much cheaper than their European or North American counterparts. The minimum betting threshold tends to be quite low, often starting at 25 cents, with some online casinos going as low as 5 cents. There are also a lot of online casinos that don’t require you to place bets at all. You can play for free and just practice your gaming skills or just enjoy the experience of the game itself without having to worry about losing your hard-earned money.
The bonuses also tend to be higher with Japanese online casinos. A lot of sites offer up to 100 free spins when you sign up. You also get a 100% first deposit match bonus in some cases. So if you’re depositing $100 for your first deposit, the site will also put $100 in your account, meaning you have $200 to play with.
LARGER VARIETY OF GAMES
Japanese online casinos also boast a larger collection of games in comparison to their European and North American counterparts. Some sites have upwards of 5000 games on their platform and they keep adding to their collection. These are mostly the same types of games (poker, baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, slots, etc.) but in a variety of themes, formats, and designs. Every time a new movie comes out, the online casinos will upload almost every type of casino game in the theme of the new movie.