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After witnessing guards at Nagoya Prison frequently bullying inmates — particularly the elderly or physically disabled — a male prisoner sent a written complaint in October 2000 to then Justice Minister Okiharu Yasuoka.

More than a year later, the 37-year-old man, who would only identify himself as Honda, received a letter in the name of current Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama, dismissing his petition as groundless.

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