Silver balls bounce through a pachinko machine at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. Japan's once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and ... more 
Silver balls bounce through a pachinko machine at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. Japan's once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national obsession, with about 12,000 parlours nation-wide and one in thirteen people playing the game. But that figure is declining as the population shrinks and younger people prefer games on their mobile phones. Picture taken June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS PICTURE 25 OF 26 FOR PACKAGE 'JAPAN'S PACHINKO PARLOURS' SEARCH 'KATO PACHINKO' FOR ALL IMAGES less 
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