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The head of the Justice Ministry’s Correctional Bureau apologized Tuesday for failing to inform Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama that “shibo-cho,” or prisoner death records, have been kept at each of the nation’s prisons for the past decade.

During a session of the House of Representatives Judicial Affairs Committee, bureau chief Kenji Nakai said he did not tell Moriyama of the records because he believed it would only increase the workload of prison officials if the existence of the files were to become public knowledge.

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