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Coronavirus

Japan struggles to shut down pachinko parlors as it battles virus

Tokyo is on the verge of naming gambling halls that are refusing to close

Pachinko, a pinball game comparable to slot machines in the West, is a popular form of gambling in Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Municipal governments in Japan are criticizing pachinko parlors that have remained open despite requests to close down as the country tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

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