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Croupier School Anticipates Legal Casinos
The nation’s first school for casino croupiers will open in Nakano Ward,
Tokyo, in April as lawmakers and local governors push to legalize
casinos in Japan.
Being a croupier may be a profession unfamiliar to many in Japan, but
it is a popular job for youths in the United States, where top-level
dealers earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
In December, Japan Casino School held a session for prospective
More than a dozen people, including salaried workers, had their first
experience at operating a roulette wheel and took turns playing the role
of dealer and players in Black Jack.
"In the severe employment conditions, it is difficult to find that
dream job," said a 22-year-old male student at a university in Saitama
Prefecture. "I want to give it a try because I like games."
He said he plans to take a one-year course at the school while
continuing to study at the university.
About a year ago, Tokyo and four prefectural governors delivered a
petition to the central government calling for the ban on casinos to be
lifted. Legalizing casinos would generate income and create jobs amid
the economic slump, they said.
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