Japanese racing has hit 10-year records for both betting turnover and prize money in 2018 and has shown a strong recovery from the lows in 2011/12 caused by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which hit the country in March 2011.
In 2018 Japanese Racing Association (JRA) betting turnover was JPY 2,805 billion and total prize money was JPY 115 billion.
Always seeking to explore new technology, the JRA’s latest innovation is the introduction of cashless betting machines with its partner Fujitsu. These machines use biometric authentication to enable customers to place bets. Customers use their contactless membership card in conjunction with their palm prints as authentication. The machines remove the need for either cash or printed betting tickets and were launched at Tokyo racecourse in September 2018.