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Japan's First Croupier School Opens

9 February 2004

JAPAN – As reported by the Japan Times: "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 students.

"…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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