To prevent those with criminal convictions from committing further offenses after leaving correctional facilities, a job magazine for people with a history of crime or delinquency will be distributed at prisons and juvenile training schools nationwide starting mid-July.

Akiko Miyake, head of Human Comedy Co., the Tokyo-based firm that publishes the magazine and helps social rehabilitation, believes that establishing a career path for those with convictions before they leave correctional facilities is the best way to make positive changes in their lives.

"After leaving prison, there's a high likelihood of former convicts going back to jail after stealing things, (because of) having no job or place to stay," Miyake told The Japan Times.