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Repeated abuse of inmates by guards at Nagoya prison reported

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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It has taken this long for the authorities in Japan to realise what has been going on unchecked for years. The problem seems to be that not only are Japans bureaucrats "thick", but no accountable procedural complaints mechanism or seems to exists.

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assaults at Nagoya Prison were discovered in August when a prison guard spotted an inmate with an eye injury.

So one prison guard snitching other prison guard, inmates themselves is helpless they just can not help themselves.

The prison officials were in their 20s and 30s, and most had less than three years of experience, he said.

Never early and too young to abuse power.

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If you are imprisoned your welfare is the responsibility of the state. Matters not why you are there it matters how agents of the state manage both themselves and those under their responsibility. If the department is so bereft of responsibility then the whole system becomes abhorrent. But with Japans history of prisoner treatment should be no surprise to anyone.

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Japan once again proving that it is closer in human rights to China than meets the eye.

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Japanese prisons are known for strict discipline and a lack of access to outside exercise or medical care. Japan also faces criticism over its lack of transparency in carrying out capital punishment.

It's not surprising when one considers that the rules and regulations regarding prisons and prisoners date back to the Meiji era, and prisons are run more like boot camps and stress "conformity" rather than any real rehabilitation.

These "camp" guards are bullying the prisoners, because they can!

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In 2001, a prison guard used a firefighting hose to shoot water at the rear of an inmate, causing rectal rupture and an infection resulting in death.

The only reason that inmates suffer rectal rupture and infection because those fire hose directed to buttocks and butt hole, not shoulder or any other part of back body. It just show how sick those guard were.

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a prison guard used a firefighting hose to shoot water at the rear of an inmate, causing rectal rupture and an infection resulting in death.

‘That’s a very unicorn dust version, the inmate was anal raped with a firehouse with several prison guards participating, don’t think there was time for an infection as his upper and lower Colon was shredded from the water pressure. Pretty sure none of them were charged. As usual.

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Whenever there is a discipline problem within the ranks of any Police Force, The Military, Groups, & Organization it always starts from the TOP.

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The case of the Sri Lankan woman who died in the immigration detention center is quite irrelevant here. Though what the Nagoyan prison guards did is unforgivable, prison authorities need to discipline unruly inmates to maintain order and ensure safety of other prisoners.

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They should be disciplined and sent to work in other prisons.

Inspectors designated by the Minister of Justice conduct on-the-spot inspections at each penal institution at least once a year. They need a shake-up.

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I’m not surprised at all.

I’ve personally seen a prison guard punch a woman (his wife) in the face.

When questioned by authority here I’ve had several civil servants bark questions at me which is a tactic they use to make people feel pressured.

At the time I wasn’t detained but I can imagine what happens behind closed doors.

In my case I felt extremely annoyed.

I’m not surprised at the level of abuse and violence perpetrated by those in authority here and wonder how many cases never make it into the public domain?

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Inspectors designated by the Minister of Justice conduct on-the-spot inspections at each penal institution at least once a year. They need a shake-up.

As with any "inspection" everyone is on their good behavior when the inspectors come, and knowing a bit how things work here in Japan, the people being "inspected" know well ahead of time, the time and date they will come.

Inspectors dont need "shaking up", it's the system, and the people actually running the individual prisons

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I’ve personally seen a prison guard punch a woman (his wife) in the face.

When questioned by authority here I’ve had several civil servants bark questions at me which is a tactic they use to make people feel pressured.

At the time I wasn’t detained but I can imagine what happens behind closed doors.

In my case I felt extremely annoyed.

If you only felt "extremely annoyed" at seeing a man punch his wife in the face, I wonder what gets you angry enough to do something about it.

If you are referring to the "civil servants" that's a different story, as people in authority, who let power go to their heads, like these guards, they need more training and guidance, prior to actually working with people or prisoners.

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Simply outrageous,what is important that these news can be spread around the world and shame Japan’s inhumane abuse of power in such structures.

Because they care more at their pubblic image than real human rights.

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When I was in the English conversation industry my female coworker said “they deserve it.” She was the most popular teacher at our school.

rehabilitation is the answer, but the Japanese love bullying somebody

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If you are referring to the "civil servants" that's a different story, as people in authority, who let power go to their heads, like these guards, they need more training and guidance, prior to actually working with people or prisoners

I usually agree with your posts but here let me say that such elements don’t need more training but should not be hired in such positions at the first place.

For such kind of delicate jobs like prison guards or police officers they need a high moral and probe attitude as well.

Their institution should go through deep mental and behaviour attitude test.

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Meiyouwenti

Today 08:58 am JST

The case of the Sri Lankan woman who died in the immigration detention center is quite irrelevant here. Though what the Nagoyan prison guards did is unforgivable, prison authorities need to discipline unruly inmates to maintain order and ensure safety of other prisoners

Actually it is relevant.

Nagoya has a pattern of abusive actions from the immigration and prisons to the police.

Ask the South America ethnic Japanese in the region the treatment they get

I refuse to step foot in Nagoya after far too many problems with R.cism by locals and police.

My son's major talent agency will no longer send mixed race Japanese to preform in Nagoya because of police harassment both my daughter and son were told they "Have to" carry their passports by the police to "prove" they are Japanese.

After The last incident my daughter's employer stopped plans to open in Nagoya because of what she (the CEO is a Japanese woman) saw happen.

So it shows a pattern in the city and surrounding area therefore relevant.

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I'm shocked, shocked, I say....

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In the old days in the military, i had buddies that got beat pretty good by the Japanese police. Yes, they were arrested maybe for being drunk and trouble makers, but don't need to get beat, One told me he was trying to pee and the guard kept hitting him with his stick and telling him to hurry up, but as Marines we just blew it of as when in Rome get beat like the Romans do.

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Japan's prisons are notorious for being torture chambers with forced isolation, keeping lights on 24 hours and other torture methods. From eye witness accounts, you are treated like an animal. It's effectively a third-world system that has not changed in a century.

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use of a restraining device that resulted in the death of two inmates

Exactly what device is this? Is it also used in the foreigner detention centers? Could it be related to those deaths as well (examples like death by electrocution, and choking were reported).

So we have examples of rape of inmates (the firehose case), as well as homicide. These perpetrators should be punish as anyone else, and be put in prison, and receive the same treatment!

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Repeated abuse of inmates by guards at Nagoya prison reported

Reported...just reported.

Will that abuse ever be addressed?

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The sad thing is, if you took a random poll here in Japan, I suspect that an overwhelming majority of respondents would be indifferent at best to the issue of prisoner abuse. This society seems to have a baked-in lack of empathy for those "unlike us", often relying on rules and regulations to obscure or justify this tendency.

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Whenever there is a discipline problem within the ranks of any Police Force, The Military, Groups, & Organization it always starts from the TOP.

AND NURSING SCHOOLS for infants!

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From the above:

In 2001, a prison guard used a firefighting hose to shoot water at the rear of an inmate, causing rectal rupture and an infection resulting in death. A year later, five prison guards were charged with assault over their use of a restraining device that resulted in the death of two inmates and the injury of a third.

The guards are guilty of torture and murder. These guards the death penalty.

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Typo: "These guards deserve the death penalty." (After a fair trial of course).

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*Typo: "These guards deserve the death penalty." (After a fair trial of course).*

I respectfully disagree,the state should be just and sending another human to die is same as killing.

A modern society should elevate itself from corporal punishments.

A prison should be a place of re education.

Norway is a perfect example of true civilization.

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This is very upsetting and disturbing. The whole penal system in Japan needs to be overhauled and become relevant to the times we live in.

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