TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a bookmaking operation for horse and motor boat racing in the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward, reports TBS News (Nov. 7).
On Monday, officers took Satoshi Kanbara, the 34-year-old manger of Satellite Win, an employee and eight customers into custody for violating professional motor boat and horse racing laws regarding bookmaking.
At the time of the raid, law enforcement discovered the customers had wagered 620,000 yen on 38 races as they watched the race results on 11 television monitors.
At present, gambling on horse, motor boat, bicycle, and motorcycle racing from authorized betting outlets is legal in Japan.
Kanbara has reportedly admitted to the allegations. “Bookmaking is profitable so I started this business,” said the suspect.
Since April, the gambling operation collected approximately 100 million yen in revenue.