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Japan: time is money

Published on 6 June 2019.

The days are all the same and the hours pass very slowly. Working helps to pass the time away. Above all, it's a way of earning money and obtaining the most basic needs in prison.

Geoffrey is a British citizen. He is currently incarcerated in Osaka prison. He is 61 years-old and is being imprisoned abroad since 2010. He tells, for Prison Insider, what type of work he does on a regular basis.

in collaboration with Prisoners Abroad

My assigned work, for the past four years has been hand-sewing the seams of under-kimonos with 1-2mm stitches placed in 1cm or 2 cm intervals. Boring and monotonous.

Salary is entirely, in the most part, relative to the amount of time that has been served.

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