Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

Aug 23, 2014

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

by Masami Ito

Some kid shot up a dose again tonight Pushed back by his other self Even if you were to buy your dream You need self-control No one talks about hopes and dreams All that’s there is something better, something new, a better way The ...

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

Aug 23, 2014

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

by Masami Ito

You won’t find an air conditioner in any inmate wings at Fuchu Prison, no matter how hot it is outside. And on this sweltering, cloudless day in August, it is certainly hot. Two members from Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (DARC) are preparing to hold ...

Ex-con on mission to tame recidivism rate

Sep 27, 2013

Ex-con on mission to tame recidivism rate

by Tomohiro Osaki

Hiroshi Igarashi remembers feeling like a dinosaur when he was released from prison in 2011 after nine years behind bars. He had no idea how to use IC cards and phones as train tickets. Even the self-serve “drink bar” system in restaurants struck him ...

Feb 28, 2013

Rehabilitation takes a back seat

A Justice Ministry advisory panel outlines a proposed revision to the Juvenile Law that would add years to baseline detentions of young lawbreakers.