Japan: deprivation of liberty, deprivation of humanity

// Series of testimonials “a day in prison” (7)*

In prison, days follow one another but are not always identical. The conditions of detention, the rhythm of the days, the possibility of receiving visits, medical treatment, the food, or even access to the right for defense, vary considerably from one prison to another, from one country to another. Prison Insider publishes testimonials of people who live or have lived in prison and can share their experience. This series of testimonials “A day in prison” puts in words the various realities of the confinement all around the world.

Geoffrey is a British citizen. He is currently incarcerated in Osaka prison, in Japan. He is 61 years old and has been imprisoned abroad since 2010. He tells, for Prison Insider, what any day in a Japanese prison looks like. And feels like, with little to no human contact.

This testimonial has been collected with the collaboration of Prisoners Abroad. (See below for more details).


Obviously, any form of talking – unless approved by the officer-in-charge upon request – is strictly forbidden.

Areas for exercise are demarcated for sitting, walking, running and other sports. For some obscure and unknown reason, running and talking is forbidden


Prisoners Abroad

Human rights and welfare charity

Prisoners Abroad provides humanitarian aid, advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment. The organization assists British citizens during their incarceration, when they return to the UK and need access to resettlement services, and also supports their family and friends throughout the trauma.

Their website