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Recently the Centre for Prisoners’ Rights Japan held a small exhibition in Hibiya Library and Museum in Central Tokyo, offering a rare glimpse into Japanese prisons. Pictures of carefully folded futons and the lack of armed guards highlighted the gulf of difference between Japanese prisons and those we see in Western media.

The Centre for Prisoners’ Rights Japan was founded in 1995 as a private organization, becoming a registered NGO in 2002. The first and only official organization in Japan dedicated solely to prisoners’ rights, they face an uphill battle in a society where 80% of public support capital punishment…

K Wilson

I'm a writer of speculative fiction, with an avid interest in politics and human rights.

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