• Kyodo


A 50-year old convicted sex attacker who completed a correctional course but then re-offended multiple times has returned to prison with a life sentence.

A lay-judge trial at the Osaka District Court on Thursday convicted Yasuhiro Nakanishi for 140 instances of rape and other assault on 20 females, including a junior high school student.

Nakanishi’s earlier record of sex crimes saw him sentenced to eight years in prison. Upon release, and while still on probation, he went through Japan’s correctional program for sex offenders.

However, just 22 days after his release from prison, he assaulted his next victim, the prosecutor said.

“Even though he took the correctional program and had counseling sessions with a volunteer probation officer, the defendant recommitted sex crimes repeatedly. It is clear he has no sense of guilt,” the prosecutor said.

The crimes that the trial considered took place between April 2006 and September 2012.

He coerced his victims into keeping silent, telling them he was a member of a gang that would exact revenge, said the chief judge, Ikuro Toishi.

As Nakanishi carried out the attacks, he threatened the victims, in some cases saying he had been ordered to attack them and would sell them to buyers overseas, the court said. He also robbed 17 of the victims, stealing a total of ¥1.6 million.

“The defendant had complete disregard for the victims’ human dignity. It’s fair to sentence him to the highest punishment requested despite compensation,” Toishi said.

The correction program for sex offenders started in September 2006 after a high-profile crime that led to calls for urgent action.

In that 2004 crime, Kaoru Kobayashi sexually assaulted and killed 7-year-old elementary school girl Kaede Ariyama, from Nara Prefecture. Kobayashi was executed in early 2013 at the age of 44, convicted of eight crimes, including murder and abduction.

The correction program gives convicted sex offenders judged likely to re-offend a chance to meet similar individuals at a probation office to discuss why they committed the crime and what they plan to do on release.

A lay judge in her 40s told a news conference after the trial that the correctional program system “seems to be not working properly.”

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