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The Justice Ministry is considering attaching GPS trackers to inmates at four open-type prisons following the recent escape of a convicted thief from one of them, said a source close to the matter Wednesday.

The idea of using GPS data to monitor inmates was presented at a meeting of the ministry’s committee tasked with discussing preventive measures, after 27-year-old Tatsuma Hirao ran away from Matsuyama Prison’s Oi Shipyard in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday evening. He is still on the run.

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