Late last month the NHK News on-line reported the following:
About the incident that a Chinese convict had escaped from the Hiroshima prison, on the 29th the Ministry of Justice compiled the final report with verified evidence; it was because the convict could not understand the language, there was dissatisfaction over the treatment, a chance of escape opened up; the report showed that the policy from now on would be to work on a plan which aimed at reinforcing a system that included interpreters etc.
In response to the incident in the Hiroshima prison that a Chinese convict had escaped last month, the Ministry of Justice started to investigate the cause and the response of the prison etc., and towards the end of last month an interim report was released which pointed out problems in initiating of the system, such as delay in reporting the incident to the police.
The Ministry of Justice inquired about the matter after noting the escape of a convict and proceeded with the verification of evidence, and a final report was compiled; on the 29th Justice Minister Ogawa officially announced it at a press conference.
In it, about the motive of the convict to escape, the report supposed that "the Japanese used in teaching materials in the prison could not be fully understood etc, there was dissatisfaction towards the treatment, and from a letter the convict knew that the health condition of his wife's parent was bad, he considered to opt for an escape ".
Moreover, noting that it was important to look at communication with foreign convicts in the prison, from now on it would incorporate a plan to enhance a system that had interpreters and translation etc.
On the other hand, Justice Minister Ogawa also announced making salary cuts on 12 personnel in total who were in charge of responding to the incident on that day, such as the Hiroshi Shimada the former director of the Hiroshima prison, and giving warning to one person.
In response, former Director Shimada submitted his resignation to the Ministry of Justice on the 29th, and it was accepted.
I do not expect that the penalty is handed down to so many staff working in the Hiroshima prison and that the penalty is so stiff.