BY: John Mamola

Is it possible to learn a craft or skill when that same craft or skill is illegal in the country in which you're learning it?  That's what is going on for Masayoshi Oiwane and his casino school in Tokyo, Japan.

According to a fantastic piece in the Wall Street Journal, Oiwane opened his Japan Casino School in 2004 with a mission to teach students the finer points of running gambling tables and spinning roulette wheels.  The issue is gambling in the country of Japan is illegal and punishable by law.

After ten years in business, Oiwane is sticking it out with his school.

"I was so sure that casinos were to be legalized soon," says the 45-year-old Mr. Oiwane to the Wall Street Journal, who serves as the school's principal. "So I didn't think starting a casino school in a country where casinos are illegal was a bad business idea."

The good news for Oiwane is that legalizing gambling in the country is a high priority of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

For the complete story on this school and how it runs as far as funding, click the link below.