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General Prison Information



What are prison conditions like generally?

Japanese prison conditions are crowded (although detainees still have single cells). Prison life is very regimented. In general cells are not heated, with exception to the prisons on the north of the island Hokkaido. (This is however the case with the vast majority of Japanese homes as well, and is not exceptional). This means that the cells are generally cold in the winter months and hot in the summer. Prisoners are not allowed to wear additional clothes over the top of the uniform provided by the prison, nor may they remove clothing without permission. Prisoners may purchase items of thermal underwear which can be purchased form the prison shop. Currently most British citizens have their own cells. All cells have a private toilet, washbasin and TV and radio provided, though the authorities control the hours and types of programmes prisoners may watch. Most British citizens have beds; most Japanese detainees sleep in communal cells on rice matting floor.



What food and drink is provided and what else can be obtained?

The prisons provide 3 meals a day. If requested at the start of the sentence, a western style diet (where bread replaces rice at each meal) can be given. Meals are calorie controlled according to the type of work the prisoner does, the more strenuous the work, the higher the calories provided in the diet. In detention centres, detainees may purchase additional food from their own resources. Prisoners can buy food in the prisons but the choice of food is limited.



What about health and hygiene in the prisons?

The regular prison doctors are described as "inefficient" and they may not agree to treat a prisoner if they view the illness/ injury not to warrant their attention. A prisoner may submit a request to see a doctor. Most prisons have well equipped medical facilities on the premises and can prescribe medicines.

Prisoners may wash in their cells; showers are followed by Japanese-style communal baths, which are taken at regular intervals. Prisoners take a bath twice a week in winter and three times a week in summer. Remand prisoners are allowed to wear their own clothes; once sentenced, prisoners are required to wear grey uniforms. Men's facial hair and hair length is strictly controlled by prison rules.



What are the opportunities for work?

On arrival in prison, all prisoners undergo a skills assessment and orientation programme. This determines what kind of work the prisoners may be suited to and introduces them to the

institution's rules. Work is usually not an option; it is a requirement, whether the prisoner is

Japanese or foreign. Pay is very low and the working week is usually 40 hours long. Prison rules are extremely strict during working hours. Prisoners are not allowed to talk with other inmates or divert their eyes from their work. If prisoners wish to speak, they must raise their hand and say "please allow me to talk" or they are issued with a card which indicates whether they can be allowed to speak. Over time, prisoners may be given extra responsibility in their factory. This may help their application for parole.



How does a prisoner receive and have access to money?

The safest way to send money to a prisoner is through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The money must be sent as a Postal Order, Bankers draft, bank cheque or cash to the desk officer for Japan, the Consular Division at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. The Consul in Japan will be notified of the money deposit and will arrange for the inmate to receive the money in local currency. It is difficult to judge how long this process will take, it is usually no longer than three weeks. This is a cheap and safe way to send money.

Normally the prison will keep money on behalf of a prisoner. The prisoner may make a request approximately twice a year to have access to it. As always, special cases will be considered, and it is the prisoner's responsibility to submit a request and explain their situation.



How can visits be arranged?

Both remand and sentenced prisoners need permission to speak in a language other than

Japanese during a visit. Guards are always present during visits, with the exception of visits by Consular staff and lawyers. The guards present may take notes and may interrupt or prevent the discussion of certain topics. If you are speaking in English the guard must be able to understand. Visits should be arranged via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Usually only the lawyer and the Consulate are allowed any contact during first 25 days after arrest ("restrictive detention") but this can be extended indefinitely.

Before being convicted, detainees may only have one visit a day, usually up to 30 mins long, from anybody. There have been cases where journalists have been prevented from visiting according to the Japan Federation of Bar Association.

On transfer to prison from a detention centre, prisoners start on the lowest grading, grade 4 of a 'promotion ladder'. This means that they are limited to one visit per month initially and this must be from family members or spouses on an approved list, which the prisoners submit when transferred to the prison. On promotion to grade three they would be entitled to two visits, then three visits at grade two. The highest grade is 1, these prisoners are allowed unlimited visits; the number of prisoners at this rank is very small indeed.

Prisoners may not receive visits from anyone except their approved family members or spouses included on their list. This means that prisoners cannot receive visits from their friends, fiancé(e)'s, girlfriends and boyfriends, although exceptions have been known if the prison recognises a real need.



What are the regulations concerning letters, parcels etc?

There are no restrictions for remand prisoners concerning the amount of letters they can send and receive. But only close relatives may write once prisoners are sentenced and the prisoner cannot correspond with any one else, including friends or organisations. All letters are censored.

As with visits, the amount of letters a prisoner can send is dictated by their grading. Grade 4

prisoners may send only one letter per month to family members on the approved list. Grade 3 prisoners can send 3 per month, grade 2, four and grade 1 prisoners can send 1 letter a day. Prisoners may not receive mail or parcels from anyone not on the family list. According to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the only exception to the number of communications is at Japanese New Year. At this time prisoners may send and receive any number of New Year Greeting cards, but only from family members.

Prisoners may receive books and magazines but the number they may keep in their cell is limited;

if the prisoner has above a certain number of books they may be taken into storage, magazines and newspapers may be destroyed once they have been read.



Taken from Prisoners Abroad Information Sheets (aimed at UK citizens and their families involved with the Japanese prison system)
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Fuchu Prison

INTRODUCTION

From today you are in the position of being a prisoner in Fuchu prison. In this prison there are two thousand and several hundred people interned. A prison is a place where a sentence is executed and because a great number of prisoners must live together, discipline and order must be fully maintained. Therefore each person is not permitted to act on his accord. Accordingly, life in prison will have many particular restrictions compared to life in normal society.

This small booklet, "Handbook for Life in Prison," is based on law and is a compilation of what you must know and obey to live in this prison. Read this [booklet] very carefully to the end so that you won't cause any problems because you were not aware of a rule. We hope that this booklet will act as a good textbook in order for you to live cheerfully and soundly as you complete your sentence, that it will help build your character, and that it will make you a healthy member of society by the time of your discharge.

ONE DAY IN A LIFE

Your life each day will follow the Activity Time Chart [shown below] which will be enforced by chimes, bells and commands of prison officials. For communal living, it is necessary to maintain regular living habits therefore you must be mindful to move quietly and promptly.

Activities Time Chart for Sentenced Prisoners

Weekdays Saturdays

Wake-up 6:50 Wake-up 6:50

Cleanup, face-wash, open Cleanup, face-wash, open

6:50-7:10 6:50-7:10

Breakfast 7:10-7:35 Breakfast 7:10-7:35

Leave cell 7:35-8:00 Leave cell 7:35-8:00

Begin work 8:00 (7:50) Begin work 8:00 (7:50)

Break 9:45-10:00 Break 9:45-10:00

Lunch 12:00-12:40 Lunch 11:30-12:10

Break 14:30-14:45

End of work 16:40 (16:20) End of work 12:00 (12:30)

Return to cell 16:45-17:15 Return to cell 12:05-12:35

Inspection 12:35-13:10

Closed cell inspection Closed cell inspection

17:15-17:25 16:30-16:40

Supper 17:25-17:55 Supper 16:40-17:10

Cleaning of living quarters Cleaning of living quarters

17:55-18:00 17:10-17:20

Bed-down 18:00- Bed-down 18:00-

Lights out 21:00 Lights out 21:00



Holiday Schedule

Wake-up 7:20

Cleanup, facewash, 7:20-7:40

open cell inspection

Breakfast 7:40-8:00

Lunch 12:00-12:30

Closed cell inspection 16:30-16:40

Supper 16:40-17:10

Cleaning of living quarters 17:10-17:20

Bed-down 18:00

Lights out 21:00

The following [paragraphs] will detail the activities of the daily schedule and points which you should be aware of. Be sure to know them well.

1. Wake up

(1) With the wake-up chime, you must get up and put away your bedding in the designated place, clean up, wash up and wait for cell inspection. During this time you must move quietly and promptly.

(2)If you get out of bed, clean up, wash up or read before wake-up time you may deprive others of sleep and this may cause problems.

2. Inspection

(1) The cells are inspected to check the number of people [in the cell] as well as your physical and mental condition. It is also a time for greeting between you and the officers. Therefore you must be quiet and behave cordially.

(2) You must clearly state your "number" (during open cell inspection) or "name" (during closed cell inspection).

(3) With permission, those who are feeling ill can sit in the tailor position or lie down during inspection.

3. Breakfast

(1) Sit in your designated place and remain quiet when you have your meal.

(2) Do not share your food with others and don't accept any from others.

(3) Do not keep your leftovers or flush it down the toilet or throw it outside the window. Always leave your leftovers [on the table.]

4. Leaving the cell, body search

(1) When you leave the cell, tidy up your clothes, follow the instructions of the officer(s), do not speak, look aside or run. Stand in a tight row and march in an orderly fashion. Do not carry your clothing. Wear them as designated when you leave the cell.

(2) Upon leaving your cell and before returning to your cell, you will change your clothes and undergo a body search in the changing room. In the changing room you may not speak. During the body search you must state your number and name clearly. A body search can occur any time considered necessary. Do not sneak in objects into the cell or factory.

5. Beginning of work, recesses.

(1) When you hear the chime or command by an officer to signal that you should begin work, go immediately to your designated seat and start working.

2) In order to allow you to recover from fatigue, to increase your efficiency and to prevent accidents during work there will be a fifteen minute recess in the morning and afternoon. Lunch break is forty minutes including the time to eat lunch. However, be aware that break time could be shortened for exercise, bathing or other activities.

(3) When you hear the signal for recess, stop working immediately and undergo inspection. When the recess is over, undergo inspection and start work.

6) End of work

When you hear the signal or command to "Stop Work," stop working immediately, clean up around your work area, arrange the tools in order and undergo inspection.

7) Free time

During time periods which are not designated in the activity time chart, each person can freely use that time in the cell for study or leisure (play go or Japanese chess.) However do not talk loudly with each other or romp around so as to disturb others. Try to get along well with each other.

8) Bed-down

At 6 P.M. there will be a signal for bed-down. With that signal you may lay your bedding down on the designated place and lie down.

9) Lights out

At 9 pm the light in the cells will be reduced and the broadcasting of the radio will be turned off. You absolutely must stop reading, writing, recreation, speaking together and sleep quietly.

GENERAL RULES

1) You live communally in prison so do not be self-centered. Be aware that you are a member of a group and act accordingly.

2) Speak and act courteously toward others. Be well-mannered and act in an orderly way.

3) Reflect upon your past conduct and always think about how you can make your present prison experience useful for your future life plans.

4) To maintain harmonious human relationships and group living situation, you must recognize that each person has a different personality, different beliefs, different personal history, came from different living conditions, and different reason for imprisonment. You must always try to understand the other person's position and respect it.

5) As prisoners you are in equal positions and will be viewed and treated that way by the prison. Therefore do not try bring in your social background into the prison to better your situation over others and do not create your own clique.

6) Do not give your address or the names of members of your family to others in the prison.

7) Permission forms (a form in which one writes their requests) must always be filled by the person making the request. If you cannot write, ask a prison official to write it for you, do not ask another prisoner to do it for you. When you submit the permission form, make an imprint of your left index finger onto the form.

8) When walking through the prison, do not put your hands in your pockets, fold your arms, deliberately sway your shoulders or drag your shoes. When walking with one or more people, stand in a straight line as instructed by the prison official and march in an orderly way.

9) Wear clothing as designated and always affix your name tag on the prescribed place. Do not become naked, wear a towel around your head or neck, or act slovenly without permission.

10) If you have been assaulted, persuaded or asked to do unlawful or indecent acts, inform the prison official.

11) If you hide or construct objects which are not permitted, they may be confiscated or discarded so don't do it.

12) If you find or pick up a mysterious object or an object without an owner, inform the prison official immediately.

13) In the event of a fire, sudden illness of a fellow cellmate or if something strange happens around you, inform a prison officer immediately.

14) Do not request or exchange objects or money with your work instructors or other people from outside the prison.

15) If there is a matter which needs to be dealt with that is not covered in this book, consult a prison official and get his instructions.

RULES WITHIN THE CELL

1) If you need to call a prison official, pull down the hochiki (alarm/communicator) and wait quietly until an officer comes.

2) Clean the living quarters well, throw wastepaper in the wastepaper basket which has been provided. Never throw garbage outside the room, in the sink or flush it down the toilet.

3) In order to conserve water, do not spray water out the window, use water to cool things, or leave the faucet running.

4) Do not on your own accord wash your head, your body, or your clothes in the cell.

5) The drainpipe of the toilet and sink can get clogged easily so be careful. Do not flush objects, or use paper other than tissue paper in the toilet.

6) All members of the communal cells must equally share the tasks of cleaning the cells, preparation for the meals and cleaning up after the meals.

7) Do not on your own accord lie down in the cell. Moreover, do not lean against or sit on the bedding.

8) During inspection, when "inspection" is signaled, arrange your clothing, and quietly sit and wait in the seiza position facing the door as in the illustration. In the communal cells, the position where you sit will be in the order of how long you have been incarcerated.

9)During inspection, follow the instructions of the prison officers. During open cell inspection, clearly state your number. During closed cell inspection, state your name in the order of the illustration.

10) Until inspections of all the cells are complete and until the order to "relax" is signaled, do not converse, leave your seat, nor read. Remain quietly in the seiza position and wait.

11) The seating position within a cell should follow the illustration . Do not lean on the futon, do not sit against the wall on side of the hallway, do not walk around the cell without purpose, hold onto the window frame, or stand on the window sill.

(1) Same as in the rule for communal cells, sit in the same order as during inspection and face the table.

(2) In single cells during work hours, sit in the same position as during inspection as while working. During break, lunch, and free time, sit in the same position or on the seat facing the sink.

(3) Those receiving punishment, as a rule, should sit in the same position as during inspection.

12) Do not lend or give clothing and other daily items provided for you by the prison to others in the cell. Do not, on your own accord, throw away towels and toothbrushes that can no longer be used. Request a prison official to exchange the items.

13) Do not touch the equipment in the hallway such as speakers, lights, TV, switches, plugs and name plates in the cells without reason.

14) Be careful when handling equipment within the facilities, things loaned from or bought in the prison. When not using these items, put them away as shown in the illustration. If you break or lose these items, inform a prison official.

15) Other than during sleeping hours, do not, on your own accord use the blanket and bedding.

16) Sleep in the following order and position and do not divert from it on your own accord.

17) During sleeping hours follow these rules:

(1) Sleep in your designated place.

(2) After lights are out, leave clothing, books and other recreation materials in its designated place. Don't read, talk or stand up and walk around the room.

(3) Do not cover your face with the blanket or futon while sleeping.

(4) Do not, on your own accord, use the blanket as a sheet or wrap the blanket or sheet around your waist.

(5) Wear your underwear as designated and do not sleep in the nude.

(6) Do not stick your arms or legs in other people's futons or sleep together in the same futon.

18) Do not hang clothing, towels, or rags on the window or leave objects on the window sill.

19) Even during the periods where conversations are permitted, do not speak in a loud voice or make noise which would disturb other people trying to study, read, or listen to the radio.

20) In communal cells, one person's inconsiderate behavior can be a nuisance to the other members in the cells therefore try to be considerate of each other.

WORK

Duty to Work

The most important part of your sentence is that you fulfill your duty of assigned labor.

It is a matter of course for members of society to work. Work is also a duty as a human being. However, prisoners who are sentenced to imprisonment with labor are obligated under the law to engage in the work to which they are assigned. If without good reason a prisoner refuses to work, skips work or demands to change the type of work, it will be considered as an action against that duty and severe measures may be taken.

In any event, even if the work is forced labor under the law, you must cultivate yourself through work and make an effort to find enjoyment in working.

Rules for Work

1) As a rule, work hours are eight hours during weekdays and four hours during Saturdays. Special circumstances may prolong or shorten those hours. You must follow the orders or signals to "begin work" and "stop work" and work to the best of your ability, during work hours, following procedures instructed to you.

2) During work do not, on your own accord, leave your designated seat or talk about things unrelated to work. If you need to leave your seat, raise your hand and obtain permission from the officer in charge.

3) In order to strictly observe work hours, make a habit of using the toilet before work, during recess and break.

4) When using the toilet, put up the toilet placard in the designated place. Do not talk to each other in the toilet.

5) Take special care when handling the materials and tools used for work. Try to be mindful of conserving expendable supplies.

6) If you damage or lose any of the tools or other materials, inform the officer in charge as soon as possible.

7) Always make an effort to polish your skills and make good products.

8) Follow the work instructions of the instructor of the workshop.

9) Always be honest each day about the amount of goods produced. Do not lend, borrow, give, receive or wrongfully exchange products with others.

10) Those who work in the cells, must leave their books and writing utensils outside the room before commencing work and receive the tools and material for work. At the end of the work period, leave the materials and goods produced outside the cell and then receive your books and writing utensils.

11) When using a fire extinguisher or poisonous materials during work, take special care and try to prevent accidents. Moreover, paint thinner is harmful to the body so do not inhale it.

12) Follow the safety guidelines for work and be careful never to cause injuries or an accident. Should you injure yourself, no matter how small the injury, immediately inform the supervising officer.

Safety Measures

1) The institution is responsible that you do not injure yourself or become the cause of an injury. We must, therefore, have daily safety inspections, have safety devices installed in the facilities, and educate you about work safety to ensure that you do not do things which are unsafe while working. For your part, you must follow the safety guidelines for work and always practice what you've been taught about work safety, and learn safe work habits. When you work, remember that complete prevention of accidents depends on your precaution and initiative to follow safety measures during work.

2) If a factory has no accidents for a period of time, special benefits of watching television and/or movies will be given to all workers in that factory as a reward.

3) If you have ideas for improving machinery, tools or working procedures for higher safety, please be forward about letting us know. We will examine your suggestion and if we adopt the method or modification, we will add monetary reward to your calculated amount of remuneration [salary].

Work and Skill Classification

1) There are ten classes in which work is divided, the classes range from trainee to class one and each prisoner will fall into one of these classes.

2) New workers or people who were transferred from other jobs will, as a rule, start at the trainee level. After completing the standard promotion schedule (see chart), we will examine your ability and work record (quantity and quality of goods made, level of effort, attitude toward safety, handling of materials and tools.) When it is decided that it will be appropriate for you to be promoted, you will move up to the next level.

Class

Promotion time

Class one



Class two

Eight months

Class three

Eight months

Class four

Four months

Class five

Four months

Class six

Four months

Class seven

Two months

Class eight

Two months

Class nine

Two months

Trainee

One month

3. Depending on the worker's record, promotion or demotion may occur differently than shown in the chart.

Remuneration

1. Workers receive remuneration for their work. Remuneration is calculated in the following: the standard hourly wage designated to the class you are working in is multiplied by the number of hours worked during the month and becomes your standard salary. Then, depending on the work record and conduct of the prisoner, salary will be increased or decreased. For those working in labor outside the prison, dangerous labor, special labor or during hours outside of the normal work schedule, salary will be increased.

2. Remuneration is not the same thing as your money in retention and you do not own it. It is added on to your savings and, as a rule, it is to be given to you when you leave the prison. However, a portion of the remuneration can be used to buy necessary daily items in the prison. It is also possible to obtain permission to use the money to pay fines, police fines, fees for lawsuits, and alimony. Furthermore, for fines for violations of prison rules, a portion or the entire amount of your salary can be deducted. In the case of intentional or serious errors which would cause damages to tools and/or materials, fines may be deducted from your salary so be careful that that does not happen.

Solatorium for Death, Sickness and Injuries

In the case a prisoner injures, gets sick or dies at work or if he loses his ability to work, a solatium will be paid accordingly. However, no matter what, money cannot be exchanged for your body so be extra careful during work not to injure yourself. But if it is clear that the [injured] prisoner is at fault then it is possible that a solatium will not be paid.

Occupational Training

Through daily work, you will increase your desire to work and improve your skills. This is very useful for your rehabilitation preparation for when you leave prison so you should put forth effort on your own initiative.

Occupational Training in this prison include: car maintenance, dry cleaning, photo typography, and leatherwork. In other institutions there is training for: welding, carpentry, making tatami. If you wish to apply for specific training, inquiries should be made to the supervisor. The classification committee upon deciding whether the training will be appropriate or not for you, will accept or reject your request.

VISITATION AND CORRESPONDENCE

VISITATION

Visitors

Lineal relatives who are older than fourteen and your own children who are under three years who are accompanied by a lineal relative may visit you. However, if necessary, exceptions are sometimes made where someone outside of your lineal relation (such as a guarantor) may be given permission to visit.

(1) Lineal relatives include blood relatives within six degrees (parents, grandparents, child, grandchild, siblings, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, and cousin, etc.), spouse and blood relatives within three degrees of the spouse (spouse's parents and siblings.)

(2) When you enter the prison you must register the names, age, relationship, address and occupation of your lineal relatives. You must not give false information. People who are not listed in the registry will not be given visitation permission.

(3) If, at visitation, we cannot verify that the visitor is a lineal relative or guarantor, the visit will not be permitted. Therefore, please ask your visitors ahead of time to bring some personal identification such as a resident card or driver's license.

Number of visits and visitors

(1) As a rule, the number of visits permitted for a fourth grade prisoner is once a month, third grade prisoner is twice a month, second grade prisoner is once a week and first grade prisoners may have visitors anytime.

(2) As a rule, a maximum of three people is allowed in one visit.

Hours and Place for Visit

(1) As a rule, on Saturdays afternoons and on holidays, visits are not permitted. On weekdays, visits can take place from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. On Saturdays, visits can take place between 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

(2) The time period for each visit is 30 minutes but the time period may be shortened for reasons such as if there are many requests for visits on that day.

(3) As a rule, a visit will take place in the visiting room, however, for a necessary treatment, a visit will take place in a specified special visiting room.

Rules for Visitation

(1) During visitation you must follow the instructions of the officer in the room and act accordingly. Try to stick to the point of your conversation and finish within the time allowed.

(2) Do not use foreign languages without permission. It is forbidden to use secret languages or body gestures to communicate.

(3) Do not speak loudly or intimidate the visitor. Speak calmly and quietly.

(4) If the instructions of the official are not followed or if prison rules are broken during the visit either in speech or in action, you may be prohibited from speaking or the visit may be temporarily stopped or brought to an end.

Private Meetings for First Grade Prisoners

One of the goals for first grade prisoners is to achieve smooth rehabilitation by nurturing independence and responsibility and to foster and maintain intimacy between the visitor [and prisoner]. Therefore first grade prisoners are permitted to have private visits without the presence of an official during the meeting.

(1) When meeting with your wife or child, you may meet them without the presence of an official once a month in the special meeting room.

(2) Because there is no official present in the room, you must report the contents of the conversation to the official in charge of visitation after the meeting.

(3) During meetings, it is prohibited to communicate illegally or exchange articles therefore you must independently follow these rules. Should there be a violation of the rules, the necessary punishment will be made toward the prisoner. Do not cause serious hindrances to the operation of the system of visits without the presence of officers. Make sure you do not cause any problems which may cause the abolishment of the system.

1) Correspondents and the permitted frequency of correspondence.

A prisoner can write to the same people who are listed in the registry for visits. The frequency in which he can send outgoing mail is the same as with visitors, however there are no limits to incoming mail.

2) Procedure for correspondence and other regulations

(1) All outgoing and incoming mail must be censored and follow official procedure.

(2) To make the censorship procedure smooth and speedy, cells of third and fourth grade prisoners have been designated particular days for sending letters. If you have an emergency to send a letter, you should make a request to speed up the process.

(3) Letters must be written within seven pages. If you need to exceed seven pages, you must seek permission in advance. Do not write outside the lines or on the back side of the paper. Write in big and clear letters.

(4) If you are not able to write, report it to an official so he can write it for you. Do not ask other prisoners to write for you.

(5) Outgoing correspondence must be written in Japanese. Permission must be sought in advance to write a letter in a foreign language. Conditions in which permission to write in a foreign language would be granted only if the prisoner will pay the expense for the translation [into Japanese.].

(6) The return address for your outgoing letters should be as follows: "4-10, Harumi-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo" and the zip code is "183". The envelope for outgoing correspondence must be unsealed when submitted.

(7) If you would like to send a letter by express mail or registered mail, make the request when you submit the letter. If you would like to send a telegram or certified mail, write the request on the request form.

(8) Received mail must go through a procedure of retention or destruction within 10 days from the day a prisoner receives the mail. If you would like to hold on to the letter for a longer period, make a request.

(9) The following are other regulations for correspondence which you must especially be aware of:

1) Do not write in an unlawful manner.

2) Do not use a false name, write in code or secret languages.

3) Do not write threats that would intimidate or coerce the recipient.

4) Do not enclose any letters other than to the person on the address.

5) Do not coerce others to give you money, valuables, replies to your letters or visits. Do not write things that would make you a nuisance to others.

6) Do not write about the situation of the prison or about other prisoners.

CENSORSHIP

All correspondence is censored. Correspondence which is deemed inappropriate may be censored or stopped. Letters which are stopped will be delivered at the time of the prisoner's release. However, in some cases such letters will be destroyed.

REWARD AND PUNISHMENT

As a policy for the treatment of prisoners, those who do good things will be rewarded and those who do bad things will be punished. This way of thinking exists not only in prison but also in society. If one uses common sense, anyone would see that this [way of thinking] is reasonable.

Especially regarding to punishment, it is wrong to believe that it is difficult to follow rules. Take baseball for example. A game of baseball goes smoothly because there are meticulous rules and you probably cannot imagine a game of baseball without rules. Rules in prison are the same. By following rules, there is an orderly life in prison and this ensures safety for lives for each individual living in the prison. When rules are not followed, the lives of those who are serious are disturbed by actions of the few who act inconsiderately. The reason for each person to follow the rules, ultimately, is for your own protection and to make all aspects of prison life cheerful.

REWARDS

1. Rewards will be given to prisoners with good conduct and those who will be a model for other prisoners. The warden will decide the appropriate reward whether it be money, articles or certificate accordingly to the type of conduct.

(1) Rescuing a person's life.

(2) Distinguished service for helping prison officials during a natural calamity.

(3) Prisoners who were involved in no accidents for a period of time (more than 6 months).

(4) Prisoners with outstanding performance in their work or brought in original ideas during a period of time (more than 3 months).

PUNISHMENT

1. Violations of laws or the rules appended to this booklet are punishable.

2. Following are the types of punishment and disciplinary measures. They may be imposed jointly. You will not work during the period when under punishment of solitary confinement.

(1) Reprimand.

(2) Suspension of rewards for 3 months or less.

(3) Abolition of reward.

(4) Prohibition of reading, writing and drawing for up to 3 months.

(5) Suspension of voluntary labor for up to 10 days.

(6) Suspension of the use of self-supplied clothing and bedding for up to 15 days (unconvicted prisoner and work-house detainees).

(7) Suspension of procuring extra food for up to 15 days (unconvicted prisoner).

(8) Suspension of exercise for up to 5 days.

(9) Whole or partial deprivation of the calculated amount of remuneration.

(10) Reduction of food for up to 7 days.

(11) Minor solitary confinement for up to 2 months.

3. Prisoners who are imposed under disciplinary punishment may receive a remission from disciplinary punishment when they have shown clear signs of repentance.

4. Some cases will be taken beyond disciplinary measures and a complaint may be submitted to court.

COMPLAINTS

To regulate and supervise your daily life as a whole by rules, order and direction is one of the most important roles of the prison. You may have a question or a complaint against our regulations and supervision. The following are procedures to make the complaint, to research and if necessary correct the situation, and resolve the misunderstanding.

Interviews

1. If you have complaints against the treatment of yourself, you may ask the warden or executive officials for an interview.

2. If you hope to have an interview, make a written request and submit it to an official in charge of complaints.

3. Depending on the contents of the complaint, another official, other than the supervisor, may have to interview you.

Petitions

1. If you have a complaint against your treatment in this prison, you may write a petition to the Minister of Justice or a prison inspector.

2. If the contents of your complaint are based on your impressions, desires or are about other prisoners, it will not be accepted a petition.

3. Petitions to the Minister of Justice may be written in a letter anytime. Petitions to a prison inspector may be written in a letter or orally during inspection.

4. Petition procedure

(1) When you file a petition by letter, request the petition form from a prison official. If you would like to make an oral complaint, submit a written request for that. If you can't write, make a request to the prison official to have someone write in your stead.

(2) When you get permission to write a petition letter, you will be given a time limit to write it. You must finish writing within the limited time.

(3) Write the petition on the designated paper provided by the prison. All uncompleted documents must be stored in a bag issued by the prison.

(4) When you finish writing a letter of petition, make sure there is nothing else other than the letter of petition. Put the petition in a different envelope and seal it by yourself (there is no censorship because letters of petition are treated with confidentiality). This is to be done in the presence of a prison official. Aftercompleting the proper procedure, submit the petition. You do not have to place stamps.

Others

Other than requesting an interview or filing a petition, there are some other ways to seek help such as filing a suit, or filing complaints and accusations to the Public Prosecutor's Office. Following are the procedures:

(1) Make a written request to file a suit along with your purpose and submit it to an official in charge.

(2) When your request to file a suit is granted, the time period when the hearing will take place will be decided. Therefore you must file the complaint within the designated time period.

(3) If you decide to drop your case, you must write a request with the reasons and submit it to a prison official.
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Testimony of Mr Pascal Bargigli
(Marseilles, France)
Concerning His Imprisonment in Japan
(Translated by William Skudlarek, O.S.B.)
I spent seven and a half years in a Japanese prison. With this account of what I personally saw and experienced and I wish to denounce what is happening there.
What goes on in Japanese prisons is inexcusable. Today there are hundreds of Foreign Nationals who are incarcerated in Japan, a country that does not respect basic human rights.
The Japanese penal system was modelled on French and English systems as they existed at the beginning of the 20th century. While the penal system in these countries has evolved, it has remained the same in Japan, where torture-moral rather than physical is still employed. When prisoners are released at the end of their sentence, they are broken men. Let me give you a few examples.

You are only allowed to speak when taking a walk, and half-hour walks are only allowed three times a week. Apart from those times speaking is forbidden . You are usually alone in your cell and are not allowed to walk in it , to lean against a wall, to wash your face at any other time than the morning, to look out of the window, to sing or whistle, to talk to yourself, or to lie down outside of the appointed times. Playing any kind of game is also forbidden except during appointed times.
In your work place you have to keep your eyes fixed on your hands, which have to be placed on your work bench. You cannot look right or to the left. You can only go to the toilet at appointed times.
When you move from place to place in the prison, you have to march in step. If you do not walk correctly during a recreational period, you have to spend the period marching around the courtyard.
There are all sorts of different rules for each moment of the day. If you do not obey them, you have to spend time in solitary confinement before your case is judged. Then you are sent to a special section to be disciplined.
In solitary the prisoner has to sit on the floor with his hands on his thighs and his eyes straight ahead> He has to remain in this position for eight to sixteen hours, with three ten minute breaks for tea and toilet. If he doesn’t obey the rules, he is sent to special solitary. There he is placed in a black cubicle with a low ceiling, one of his arms is tied in front of him with leather straps, the other behind . His trousers have a hole in cut in them so that he can go to toilet without using his arms. He is not allowed to wipe himself. When it’s time for meals, a guard feeds him with a spoon. Punishment in special solitary confinement can last for three days.
As for mail, at the beginning you are only allowed to write one letter per month to a member of your family. A person with whom you may have lived with for ten years but to whom you are not officially married is not considered family. After a certain period of time- calculated according to the length of your sentence - you can write two letters. When you have served half your sentence you’re allowed to write four letters a month- that is if you haven’t been sent to solitary. If you have, then your back to one letter a month.
The rule for visits is the same for mail - one visit s month, then two, then four. Visits are restricted to 10 minutes and take place in a room that is divided in two by a pane of Plexiglas. A guard is present and notes down everything you say. Visits can only be conducted in Japanese, English, Chinese or Spanish because there are no translators available for other languages.
Obviously you are never allowed to make a telephone call at any time during your incarceration.
You are not given enough to eat, and since you are not allowed to buy anything, you can only eat what is served. The portions are the same for all, no matter how large or small you are. If a guard sees you giving some leftovers to a friend, you will both be sent to solitary. You are not allowed to give anything to another prisoner.
With regard to judicial hearings and the time spent in detention while your case is being investigated and tried, translators are always provided, but often they are not very familiar with the language they are supposed to be translating. Court appointed lawyers are incompetent and often sleep during hearings. For example, if you spend a year in detention while your case is being considered and then are sentenced to five years in prison, you will in fact be incarcerated for five and a half years, since only half of the time you spent in detention will be subtracted from your sentence.
The detention centres in which you have to stay until you are sentenced have individual cells for all foreigners. You do not see or speak to anyone. Once you are sent to prison you are obliged to work. At the beginning you receive the equivalent of about three Euros per month. You receive a raise each month, and after two years you’re making about 90 Euros a month - the maximum salary. But to get to that level you can never have been in solitary; if you have been, your salary is decreased. Moreover, each time a guard has some issue with your behaviour, your salary is reduced ten percent as a punishment. I remember a prisoner who was caught washing his underwear in his cell because the laundry hadn’t done a good job. He was fined four Euros for this infraction.
The medical staff is incompetent. In 2002, 132 people died in Japanese prisons - where it’s almost impossible to commit suicide. People die in the prison infirmary or in a hospital, from cancer, tuberculosis or other illnesses.
Once you have completed your sentence you will be sent to an immigration detention centre - in effect, to another prison - if you do not have enough money to pay for your ticket home. Your stay there could last one or two years before the Japanese authorities furnish you with a return ticket.
This situation has to change. I promised my friends who are still in prison in Japan that I would denounce what is going on.
Fuchu Prison
Recently the TV station France 2 carried a program on the prison where I spent my last three and half years in Japan. The coverage was very complete and provided accurate information on the Japanese prison system. Nonetheless, I would like to clarify some points and, at the same time, complete the account I have already given.
First of all, something about Cyril, the Frenchman who was interviewed. The program was filmed about two years ago before he was released. When he got out, he weighed about 100 pounds. He suffered great psychological distress during his final months and would cry all night. It is important to state that before being interviewed, he was told by prison officials that if he said anything bad, he would not be paroled.
The program showed the prison’s individual cells, each with its bed and tiled floor. There are 234 such cells at Fuchu, but over 500 foreign nationals in the prison. The individual cells for the remainder of the foreigners are smaller and do not have a bed. In Japan the size of the room corresponds to the number of tatami mats that can be placed in it. The smaller individual cells are “four tatami” rooms, that is to say about four feet by seven feet. At the present time there are more than 3000 prisoners at Fuchu, and almost all the individual tatami cells have two people in them. At night, when you spread out your futon, there is no longer any room to move about the cell.
It should also be pointed out that on weekends and holidays and during the summer vacation and the New Year’s holiday - the latter two lasting up to 10 days- the inmates never leave their cells. Two people remain cooped up in a room that’s about 28 foot square.
On this program one could see TV sets turned on in the cells. In fact, in these individual cells the television is only turned on from six to eight on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and on Sunday from one to three in the afternoon and seven to eight fifteen in the evening. However, if a guard has recorded more than four infractions against and inmate, his television is disconnected for two weeks. For example, if a guard notices that an inmate is standing talking in his room, not standing in front of the sink while’s he’s brushing his teeth, lying on top of hid blanket rather than under it, has placed his pillow against the wall and his leaning on it while watching television , he has looked at him (the guard) in the eye, laughed out loud, is not sitting (there’s always a specific place to sit), etc… the guard makes a note in his book. When there are four notes, no more television.
I spent a little more than a year in this kind of cell and the television was disconnected for months. Each guard has his own way of interpreting the rules. For example, we were reprimanded for putting a blanket under a chess board that was on the floor, or for playing chess while seated on the futon, or for sitting on the futon before we had put on our pyjamas, etc.
The guards on our floor didn’t like foreigners. There were about three or four cells of foreigners on each floor. These guards kept patrolling in front of our doors until they came up with four infractions they could record in their notebooks.
During the last fifteen month of my incarceration I was able to work in the library. Only those inmates who could speak Japanese and other languages, and who had a record of good conduct were able to work there, because one of our jobs was to serve as translators for the new arrivals, especially for the “classes” which lasted two weeks. It was during these “classes” that one learned the rules of prison life. I think it would be helpful to describe in detail the ordeal that the new prisoners were subjected to during a week of such “classes”.
A guard who was rather short and who taught new inmates how to march, appeared on the Television program. One of the factories was also shown. It’d factory number 27, the factory in which “classes “ are taught . The guards name is Kato. I saw him pushing inmates around - usually Chinese, Koreans or other Asians. These foreigners receive no assistance from their embassies and are thus unable to lodge a complaint. In the same factory another guard, a sergeant and the head of the factory, was even harsher than Kato. He deals with the Japanese, while Kato deals with the foreigners. I saw this sergeant dragging along the ground some older Japanese prisoners who was not feeling well.
When prisoner arrive in Fuchu, he spends a month in isolation. Then, on Thursday morning (it’s always Thursday morning) Kato gathers them together in the library along with the translators for their “classes” before they are assigned to a factory. I served ad a translator for those who spoke French, English, or Thai. There were several of us that were able to be English translators and we alternated with one another. It was very difficult to spend a whole week in factory 27 because even if Kato had need of us and was nice to us, we still had to witness the suffering of the new arrivals.
Before leaving the building where they were kept in isolation and being taken to factory 27, the prisoners had to stand in line and listen to Kato’s first speech, which we translated simultaneously. “You have committed a crime. You are here to pay your debt to society. I am going to teach you the rules of this prison. During this week you are not allowed to speak. If I ask you a question, or if I ask you if you have a question to ask me, you have to then raise your hand and wait until I give you permission to ask your question of the translator”. Then he teaches them to march in step together we march down to Factory 27.
When we arrive at factory 27 the prisoners line up again and Kato explains how and when they are to stand at attention and at ease, and how they are to stand in formation. Then he explains that in each factory there are white lines painted on the floor and that they are never to step outside them. He also explains that when a guard calls a prisoner he is to shout “Hai” and to come to him in a strutting, fast-paced march step with fists closed and wrists on his pelvis. He is to stop at attention before the guard, bow, and then say his name and serial number.
He also explains how they are to eat, “You have ten minutes to eat, and during the meal it is strictly forbidden to speak or exchange food with another prisoner. You will receive a bowl of rice, a bowl of soup, and a couple of smaller dishes. You can put your rice in the soup, but you may not pour your soup into a rice bowl. When you are finished eating you are to put any leftovers in two containers, one for liquids, the other for solids. If you have any fruit peelings, they are to go in a separate container”.
Then he teaches them how to wash their feet and face after they finish work in the afternoon. “There is a wash basin for that and will be filled by the personnel in Factory 27. You are not allowed to touch the faucet. You can only have one basin of water. Before you begin to wash, you are to stand here in a straight line in front of the wash-stand and the five faucets. When I give the order, you are to put your flip-flops in a straight line in front of the carpet. You can roll your pants legs up to your knees. Then you must stand at attention and wait for my next order. When I give the order, you have exactly 20 seconds to wash up. You can wash your face- only your face, not your neck, your hair, or behind your ears - but you may not use soap . You can then wash your hands and feet with soap, but you cannot get any water above your wrists or ankles. You cannot put your feet in the basin because others are going to use it, so put your feet in the sink and pour the water over them. When the 20 seconds are up, you will immediately put your flip-flops back on, put your towel on the hanger in a straight line wit the other towels, and then you may go to the toilet. Those who don’t want to wash up are to stand at attention on the carpet in front of the washstand until the others have finished.
When he’s finished his speech Kato yells “Kagata” (understood), to which the inmates are to shout “Hai”. Of course Kato is not pleased and yells even louder “Kikuenai” ( I can’t hear you) and the inmates have to shout even louder, “Hai”. he will regularly pull up a inmate who isn’t shouting loud enough -usually the smallest or the most nerdy in the group - and pick on him for the rest of the week.
Every week there are about 5 to 6 foreigners who are subjected to this abuse in Factory 27. Each prisoner only experiences it at the beginning of his time in Fuchu, and I doubt that any of them remember everything about it. But I witnessed it about 20 times and I remember everything that was said and done. After this week the guards do nothing but scream at the new arrivals and push them around, insisting that they perform the same gestures and movements for the sole purpose of making them feel helpless and no longer in control of their lives.
Following this comes the lesson on changing clothes in the factory. There are two rooms in the changing area. It’s the same in all factories. When they arrive in the morning the inmates have to take off their clothes rapidly and place them correctly on the ledges. And then , completely naked, they stand in a line, even in the winter when it’s very cold, since there’s no heating in these rooms or anywhere else. Then each prisoner passes in front of the guard, stand at attention, and says his name and serial number. Then he has to extend his hands, tuning them up and down, Then, holding his arms up, he as to show the bottoms of his right foot and then the bottom of his left foot. He can then proceed to the other room to put on his work uniform and stand in line. The same thing happens in the evening - in reverse order, of course.
Then comes the lesson on how to sit at your work table. Each morning in all the factories the prisoners have to get in line and form ranks. The guard calls out “Attention” makes sure the lines are straight and then cries “Bango” (count). The prisoners then begin counting off (1.2.3...). There are two groups, the Japanese and the foreigners . The Japanese count off first, then the guard yells,” Gaijin bango” (foreigners count). When that’s finished the guard gives the order to salute him with a bow. Then he orders them to break rank and to stand at attention in front of their work tables. Then he yells, “Suwate” (sit down), and then “Boshi” (Hats). You then have to put on your hat, with the left hand at the back of it, and the right hand adjusting the visor. He then cries “Yoshi,” (good), and the prisoners have to place both hands on their thighs, with their legs together. Everyone has to do these movements together. If they’re not done together , you have to start all over.
Usually a guard will walk in front of the seated prisoners with a piece of paper in his hands. He’ll place the paper between a prisoners knees and if it slips down , that means that the prisoners legs are to far apart and he gets a tongue-lashing. Then the chief tells the inmates to pick up the sheet of paper that is on the right side of each table. On it are written some rules that must not be forgotten. “Do not wound yourself with tools” (if an inmate hurts himself , he will be sent to solitary); take good care of your materials; do not use tools for anything they are not designed for, do not adjust the tools..” After that the chief gives the order to put the sheet of paper back on the table, and the inmates return to sitting with their hands on their thighs and their knees pressed together. Then the order is given to begin work. Each worker has to keep his eyes on what he is doing with his hands at the work station.. If he as nothing to do at any given moment, he has to keep his eyes closed and his head held up. While he’s working the inmate is not to pay any attention to whatever noise might come from the outside or by the opening or closing of a door. Then Kato explains that if a guard summons an inmate, he is to shout “Hai”, place his hat on the table and hasten to the guard.
Then he explains how to enter and leave the toilets. Around 10.00 am,11.45am, 2.30pm and 4.15pm the inmates may go to toilet. When the guard gives the order they are to get up rapidly run and stand in line and enter one by one. When a prisoner leaves he is to stand at attention, then take one step with his left foot, then turn on his right and take several large steps until he comes to the place where feet are painted on the floor. There he waits until a second inmate stands at attention. The second does the same thing the first did, except when he arrives behind the first inmate, he stretches out his arms, stops at arm’s length, and then puts down his arms. Then he looks down to the right and left and shouts “Yoshi”. At that moment the two inmates make fists, hold their wrists against their pelvis and run together to their work table.
Next Kato teaches them how to take a bath prisoner is allowed two 12minute baths per week. First of all Kato teaches them how to take and return a razor. When an inmate enters the large room for bathing, he passes first of all in front of a guard who is standing in front of a large cabinet filled with razors. The inmate comes to attention, says his name and serial number and the number he as received for his bath. He then takes his razor on which the two numbers are inscribed and shows it to the guard while shouting out the two numbers once again. Then he shows him the razor blade , places the razor in the towel, undresses and sits down naked in the dressing area with his eyes closed.
When the inmate has finished shaving, he gets in single file with the others to pass in front of the guard. There can sometimes be as many as 30 or 40 people in line. When he gets to the guard the inmate comes to attention, but does not face the guard(this is so that the guard can see the right side of his body). With razor in his right hand, the blade visible to the guard, he places the back of the razor on his cheek parallel to his sideburn, which has to be shaved off at the top of the ear. (In Japanese prisons it is forbidden to have long hair, moustache a beard or sideburns.)
Then the inmate lowers his arm to stand to attention again, makes a half turn to the right to show the guard his left side. The he again stands at attention facing the guard, shows him the side of his razor that has his bath number on it, and then the side with his serial number . Of course , he’s expected to shout out these numbers at the top of his voice. He then puts the razor in the cabinet and begins to take his bath. If he made a mistake or did not shave himself well, he has to go to the end of the line. In the 12 minutes allowed, some prisoners have just enough time to shave and get in line, so they go with out a bath.
There are about 70 persons who bathe at the same time. There are two large pools, and since each inmate has an assigned place, that means there are 35 persons in each pool. There is a system of rotation among the factories, so if your first one week , your second the next. When your first the water is pretty clean, but for the last ones in- and even for those second - there is a greasy film on the surface of the water, so you have to use your basin to push it aside and get some cleaner water with which to wash yourself. A prisoner is allowed 12 bowls of water, but since there are 70 of us and only 2 or 3 guards, its impossible for them to keep track of how many bowls each of us is using. So what the guards do is pick out one person- usually a foreigner -and then reprimand him or punish him for using more than 10 basins.
During this week of “class” Kato teaches us how to march and salute. Then several officers come to teach us the rules. The first officer talks about the work in the factories he explains that you have to be careful around the machines, that you have to sew your buttons back on, that you can’t be day dreaming when you work, and that you mustn’t walk with your hands in your pockets because you can fall down and hurt yourself ( which is rather silly since the only pocket in your uniform is over your right buttock, and it’s hard to imagine someone walking with his hands in a pocket over his butt). He tells us a lot of stupid stuff as well.
Then there is someone who talks about medical care, the infirmary and what to do in case you get sick.
Then someone comes to talk about meals, the uniform, the furnishings of our cells (so generously put at our disposal by the prison, and which we must therefore take good care of). Someone else then talks about money orders that you can receive, the things you can ask people to send you (books and magazines), and your personal belongings that are held until your released.
Then someone else talks about books and notebooks that you can have in your cells, religious services, Japanese classes, etc.
Finally some nice guy tells us about the procedures for granting parole.
And that’s what we get in out “classes”.
The condition in the factories are pretty much the same all over, but, depending on the boss, some are less strict than other. You learn how to enter and leave your cell, how to stand, how to sit, and the things you can and cannot do. The point is to regulate every activity so that everything becomes automatic.
I should also say something about heating. The cells are not heated and it gets very cold in the winter. Several years ago they put gas heaters in the corridors, they were turned on three or four hours a day to show visitors that improvements were being made. (There are a lot of visitors in Fuchu, its like a zoo, with groups of people passing through the factories throughout the day- students, future lawyers or judges. Retired people, representatives from different embassies. When they are present we have to look down at the ground) About the only good the heaters do, however, is to keep the guards warm. During the summer it’s very hot, and there are NO electric fans, they give us hand held fans, but swinging your arm back and forth all day makes you hotter. When you get up in the morning your sheets are all wet with sweat.
The light is always kept on in our cells. Lights -out is at 9pm, but a red light is kept on all night.
There are two buildings for solitary and discipline. There are 500 cells in them and they are always full. In addition, there is an area for special solitary confinement with about 20 cells, I think. Sometimes there is not enough room in these 2 buildings, so inmates are kept in solitary in other places. A Korean who got life and who refused to work spent 30 years in solitary confinement before he was released - 30 years without seeing or speaking to anyone other than the guard.
At present there is a Portuguese inmate (although he may have been released now) who had Aids and who was kept in Solitary confinement in the infirmary. I should make clear that in solitary -as in the infirmary-there is not television, because only those who work can watch television. But Solitary is to punish an inmate. What was this Portuguese guy being punished for? For having Aids.
When I was arrested I met an English man, Michael Dowdin. He had lived in India for may years and hadn’t informed the police right away that he was an English citizen (he had dual citizenship). When he realized that he would be treated better if they knew he was English , he told them, but it was to late, they wouldn’t believe him. After several months in the detention centre the doctors discovered he had caner of the throat and he spent long months in the prison infirmary. When he was feeling better he returned to his cell and the factory. In his last months he was again sent to the infirmary, and a few days before his death he was transferred to the hospital (its always better if someone dies in hospital rather than in prison), where he died surrounded by a priest and several guards.
A Chinese person died of hunger or of some sickness which made him lose weight while in the infirmary. His family lodged a complaint, but I don’t know if they won their case.
Another prisoner in solitary noticed that a guard had put pieces of plastic in his soup, so he grabbed the guard by the neck. A dozen guards jumped him, stuck a handkerchief in his mouth and began to beat him mercilessly.
An Iranian who tried to escape by jumping over a wall was captured. They kicked him with their leather boots. He begged them to stop, but they kept on. Two years later he still as nightmares. He was going to lodge a complaint when he got out, but I haven’t heard any more about him.
There it is ! I hope this statement will help to move things along and that you will have a better idea of what happened in Japan.
To end, I would like to cite article 3 of the Convention for Safeguarding Human Rights: “No one may be subjected to torture, or to punishment and treatment that is cruel, inhuman or degrading”.
Marseilles, January 2004
Pascal BARGIGLI
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Thank you so much for all the information you have posted!!! It has been soooo useful! My boyfriend is in prison in northern Japan and he`ll be there for a year at least . It was ok the first month as could take time off and visit him occasionally and also write loads of letters but since his hearing things have become more difficult. Have been in touch with his father who said about the 1 visit, 1 letter a month thing but wasn`t sure if I had misunderstood so was searching on google and found this. You have helped answer the majority of my questions and uncertainties though there are still many things I do not understand about the Japanese justice system (like why people don`t get fined/community service for riding a scooter without a license :shake: ) Thanks again, feel much better for being more informed even though the information is unbelievably Draconian. Good luck to you and your brother!
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