Analysis of Prison Scandals in Japan

Minoru Yokoyama, Kokugakuin University

In Japan some scandals in Nagoya Prisons was exposed in the winter, 2003. It drew peoples' attention. I will explain the content of these scandals. Then, I'll analyze such causes of these scandals as over-crowdedness since the late 1980s and the severe disciplinary system by using formal statistics and documents. To cope with the criticism, the government established the council for prison reform. By analyzing the discussion in this council, I would like to think about the future reform in Japanese prisons.

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