The History of Pachinko
"Pachinko has been played all over the Orient since 1947. It was originally designed to be a diversionary or entertaining game for the Japanese. Since 1947. the game has taken on many different uses for play.
In the late 1960's the Japanese government stepped in and prohibited the pachinko parlors from paying off in money. This significantly reduced the underground's interest in the operation of the pachinko parlors. This meant that the pachinko parlors reverted back to the way they were in the 1950's.
*This article originally appeared in an ad for Pachinko Palace, which was one of the large importers of pachinko machines*