— Published on 19 August 2019.

Akaike Kazumasa is a criminologist and specialises in the Japanese prison system. Rate of imprisonment, working as a prisoner, prisoners’ age: Prison Insider asks him three questions to understand the particularities of the country’s penitentiary system.

Japan does not have alternatives for imprisonment

Elderly prisoners spend their old age in confinement. They have all the symptoms: hard of hearing, slow to carry out orders; some are incontinent, others have issues with mobility and sometimes need to be fed and washed.

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Akaike Kazumasa

Criminologist

Mr. Akaike Kazumasa is a professor at the University of Kyoto’s Research Centre for Corrections and Rehabilitation, a member of the administrative council of the Japanese association of criminal sociology, and the Vice President of the Comité International des Pénalistes Francophones. Specialist on the Japanese criminal system, Mr. Akaike is also known for his works comparing Franco-Japanese criminal law.