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写真 | 2018年 03月 17日 02:25 JST

Japan's prisons swell with elderly inmates

A 92-year-old man in a wheelchair exercises with a care worker in a courtyard at the Tokushima prison in Tokushima, Japan. The man in the wheelchair is not in a nursing home. He is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder and rape. The others nearby are serving time for serious crimes too, including murder.

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A 92-year-old man in a wheelchair exercises with a care worker in a courtyard at the Tokushima prison in Tokusmore

A 92-year-old man in a wheelchair exercises with a care worker in a courtyard at the Tokushima prison in Tokushima, Japan. The man in the wheelchair is not in a nursing home. He is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder and rape. The others nearby are serving time for serious crimes too, including murder. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Their prison, in Tokushima, 520 km (325 miles) west of Tokyo, converted a building to house elderly inmates, putting itself at the forefront of an effort to cope with Japan's graying prisoner population.

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Their prison, in Tokushima, 520 km (325 miles) west of Tokyo, converted a building to house elderly inmates, pmore

Their prison, in Tokushima, 520 km (325 miles) west of Tokyo, converted a building to house elderly inmates, putting itself at the forefront of an effort to cope with Japan's graying prisoner population. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, kneels down during an interview with Reuters. The number of prisoners aged 60 or older has risen 7 percent from a decade ago to 9,308, and made up 19 percent of the entire prison population in Japan in 2016. That compares with only 6 percent of that age bracket in the United States, and about 11 percent in South Korea.


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An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, kneelsmore

An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, kneels down during an interview with Reuters. The number of prisoners aged 60 or older has risen 7 percent from a decade ago to 9,308, and made up 19 percent of the entire prison population in Japan in 2016. That compares with only 6 percent of that age bracket in the United States, and about 11 percent in South Korea. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A newspaper is seen in a hospital ward at the Tokushima prison. A sizeable chunk of elderly inmates are repeat offenders, which experts say reflects the difficulties of finding jobs after release and coping with the uncertainty freedom brings.

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A newspaper is seen in a hospital ward at the Tokushima prison. A sizeable chunk of elderly inmates are repeatmore

A newspaper is seen in a hospital ward at the Tokushima prison. A sizeable chunk of elderly inmates are repeat offenders, which experts say reflects the difficulties of finding jobs after release and coping with the uncertainty freedom brings. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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"I have a heart condition and used to collapse often at the (prison) factory," said an 81-year-old inmate at Tokushima, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another person six decades ago. Prison rules forbid publishing his name.

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"I have a heart condition and used to collapse often at the (prison) factory," said an 81-year-old inmate at Tmore

"I have a heart condition and used to collapse often at the (prison) factory," said an 81-year-old inmate at Tokushima, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another person six decades ago. Prison rules forbid publishing his name. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A prison officer helps an elderly inmate during a check of the inmate's mobility function. About two dozen prisoners live, eat and work in the special building set aside for elderly prisoners who cannot do regular work such as making shoes and underwear.


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A prison officer helps an elderly inmate during a check of the inmate's mobility function. About two dozen primore

A prison officer helps an elderly inmate during a check of the inmate's mobility function. About two dozen prisoners live, eat and work in the special building set aside for elderly prisoners who cannot do regular work such as making shoes and underwear. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A bathroom is seen at the Tokushima prison. In a rare look inside a Japanese prison, Reuters visited the Tokushima facility and interviewed inmates who spend most of their days in large cells that sleep four or five, engaged in paper-folding projects and other light tasks.

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A bathroom is seen at the Tokushima prison. In a rare look inside a Japanese prison, Reuters visited the Tokusmore

A bathroom is seen at the Tokushima prison. In a rare look inside a Japanese prison, Reuters visited the Tokushima facility and interviewed inmates who spend most of their days in large cells that sleep four or five, engaged in paper-folding projects and other light tasks. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A 92-year-old man is helped by a care worker on his bed in a hospital ward. Workers chop up noodles and other foods for those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing. The prison also employs a caregiver trained in working with the elderly for those in its hospital ward, including the 92-year-old man serving a life sentence.

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A 92-year-old man is helped by a care worker on his bed in a hospital ward. Workers chop up noodles and other more

A 92-year-old man is helped by a care worker on his bed in a hospital ward. Workers chop up noodles and other foods for those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing. The prison also employs a caregiver trained in working with the elderly for those in its hospital ward, including the 92-year-old man serving a life sentence. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, kneels down during an interview with Reuters. Despite his life sentence, the 81-year-old has been released twice on parole, but wound up back in prison after being caught drinking alcohol, a parole violation. He hopes he will be paroled again so he can see his 103-year-old mother. "I want to get out of the prison while she's still alive," he said. "That's all I want."

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An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, kneelsmore

An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, kneels down during an interview with Reuters. Despite his life sentence, the 81-year-old has been released twice on parole, but wound up back in prison after being caught drinking alcohol, a parole violation. He hopes he will be paroled again so he can see his 103-year-old mother. "I want to get out of the prison while she's still alive," he said. "That's all I want." REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Elderly inmates are seen behind dishes after lunch. The Ministry of Justice said it didn't have information on what changes prisons have made to adapt to elderly prisoners, as such decisions are up to each facility. Calls to 13 of Japan's major prisons showed that none of the others has a separate facility where aged prisoners are allowed to sleep and work in their cells, instead of marching every morning to a prison factory. But many have taken steps.


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Elderly inmates are seen behind dishes after lunch. The Ministry of Justice said it didn't have information onmore

Elderly inmates are seen behind dishes after lunch. The Ministry of Justice said it didn't have information on what changes prisons have made to adapt to elderly prisoners, as such decisions are up to each facility. Calls to 13 of Japan's major prisons showed that none of the others has a separate facility where aged prisoners are allowed to sleep and work in their cells, instead of marching every morning to a prison factory. But many have taken steps. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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An elderly inmate works as feet of a prison officer is reflected on a window in a special building in Tokushima. When the prison in Takamatsu, a city in western Japan, built a new three-story building in 2010, for example, it set aside the first floor for elderly prisoners. There is no difference in the floor level between cells and hallways, to assist inmates with impaired mobility.

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An elderly inmate works as feet of a prison officer is reflected on a window in a special building in Tokushimmore

An elderly inmate works as feet of a prison officer is reflected on a window in a special building in Tokushima. When the prison in Takamatsu, a city in western Japan, built a new three-story building in 2010, for example, it set aside the first floor for elderly prisoners. There is no difference in the floor level between cells and hallways, to assist inmates with impaired mobility. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Toilets are seen in a playground at the Tokushima prison. The Tokushima prison tries to ensure that ageing prisoners stay healthy without making conditions too comfortable, said Kenji Yamaguchi, the treatment director there.

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Toilets are seen in a playground at the Tokushima prison. The Tokushima prison tries to ensure that ageing primore

Toilets are seen in a playground at the Tokushima prison. The Tokushima prison tries to ensure that ageing prisoners stay healthy without making conditions too comfortable, said Kenji Yamaguchi, the treatment director there. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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The Tokushima prison is seen from a mountain. Talking is forbidden during working hours, cells have no air conditioning, and prisoners can only bathe twice a week in winter and three times a week in summer.

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The Tokushima prison is seen from a mountain. Talking is forbidden during working hours, cells have no air conmore

The Tokushima prison is seen from a mountain. Talking is forbidden during working hours, cells have no air conditioning, and prisoners can only bathe twice a week in winter and three times a week in summer. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise in a special building set aside for elderly. "As they await their eventual release, we also want to see them leave in good health," Yamaguchi said. "Some may think we are cutting them too much slack. But their freedom is still restricted considerably. It's not exactly a comfortable life."

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Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise in a special building set aside for elderly. "As they await theimore

Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise in a special building set aside for elderly. "As they await their eventual release, we also want to see them leave in good health," Yamaguchi said. "Some may think we are cutting them too much slack. But their freedom is still restricted considerably. It's not exactly a comfortable life." REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise. But returning to life "on the outside" can be tough for older men. About a quarter of inmates 65 and older end up back in prison within two years, the highest of any age group, according to government data tracking those released in 2015.

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Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise. But returning to life "on the outside" can be tough for older mmore

Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise. But returning to life "on the outside" can be tough for older men. About a quarter of inmates 65 and older end up back in prison within two years, the highest of any age group, according to government data tracking those released in 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise. "If you are young, you can find a job and have a chance to lead a normal life," said Yasuyuki Deguchi, a professor at Tokyo Future University. "The lack of employment opportunities combined with labelling as an ex-convict makes reintegration difficult for the elderly."

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Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise. "If you are young, you can find a job and have a chance to leadmore

Elderly inmates perform a slow-paced exercise. "If you are young, you can find a job and have a chance to lead a normal life," said Yasuyuki Deguchi, a professor at Tokyo Future University. "The lack of employment opportunities combined with labelling as an ex-convict makes reintegration difficult for the elderly." REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Elderly inmates return to their room after performing slow-paced exercises. Of those jailed in 2016, 36 percent of those older than 60 were in prison for at least the sixth time, far higher than the 16 percent for all prisoners incarcerated that year. The next biggest group is first-time offenders, who accounted for 29 percent of prisoners 60 and older.

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Elderly inmates return to their room after performing slow-paced exercises. Of those jailed in 2016, 36 percenmore

Elderly inmates return to their room after performing slow-paced exercises. Of those jailed in 2016, 36 percent of those older than 60 were in prison for at least the sixth time, far higher than the 16 percent for all prisoners incarcerated that year. The next biggest group is first-time offenders, who accounted for 29 percent of prisoners 60 and older. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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An elderly inmate lunches as a prison officer looks around. A 71-year-old ex-prisoner who was in jail seven times for theft and fraud said a lack of jobs and shelter drove him to back to crime. "There are few jobs once you've passed 65. As long as you've got a job and a place to live in, you can get by. Without them, you turn to shoplifting and stealing just to put food in your mouth," he said. "I personally know people who willingly go back to prison," said the man, who is staying at a halfway house in Tokyo after being released from prison in October. "As long as you are in prison, you get meals and a room."

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An elderly inmate lunches as a prison officer looks around. A 71-year-old ex-prisoner who was in jail seven timore

An elderly inmate lunches as a prison officer looks around. A 71-year-old ex-prisoner who was in jail seven times for theft and fraud said a lack of jobs and shelter drove him to back to crime. "There are few jobs once you've passed 65. As long as you've got a job and a place to live in, you can get by. Without them, you turn to shoplifting and stealing just to put food in your mouth," he said. "I personally know people who willingly go back to prison," said the man, who is staying at a halfway house in Tokyo after being released from prison in October. "As long as you are in prison, you get meals and a room." REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A male prisoner in his early 70s, serving a 13-year term for murder, kneels down during an interview with Reuters. Seven and a half years through a 13-year sentence for murder, a man in his early 70s in the Tokushima prison said he was already bracing for the day he gets out. "To be honest, I feel nothing but anxiety," he said. "I have misgivings and concerns that it's going to be difficult adaptation to the outside world. I don't even know anything about smart phones ... I must try not to think that I could be better off staying here."

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A male prisoner in his early 70s, serving a 13-year term for murder, kneels down during an interview with Reutmore

A male prisoner in his early 70s, serving a 13-year term for murder, kneels down during an interview with Reuters. Seven and a half years through a 13-year sentence for murder, a man in his early 70s in the Tokushima prison said he was already bracing for the day he gets out. "To be honest, I feel nothing but anxiety," he said. "I have misgivings and concerns that it's going to be difficult adaptation to the outside world. I don't even know anything about smart phones ... I must try not to think that I could be better off staying here." REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A prison officer bows to a grave for inmates outside the Tokushima prison. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A prison officer bows to a grave for inmates outside the Tokushima prison. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A prison officer bows to a grave for inmates outside the Tokushima prison. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A prison officer looks around in a special building set aside for elderly. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A prison officer looks around in a special building set aside for elderly. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A prison officer looks around in a special building set aside for elderly. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, attends an interview with Reuters. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, attendmore

An 81-year-old man, imprisoned for life for killing a taxi driver and injuring another six decades ago, attends an interview with Reuters. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A prison officer looks around at the Tokushima prison. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A prison officer looks around at the Tokushima prison. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A prison officer looks around at the Tokushima prison. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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The Tokushima prison is seen in Tokushima, Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The Tokushima prison is seen in Tokushima, Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The Tokushima prison is seen in Tokushima, Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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