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 White paper on crime 2009 Part2/Chapter5/Section5/2 

2 Private supporters/support organizations

(1) BBS Associations

  Big Brothers and Sisters (BBS) Associations are voluntary organizations of young persons who assist juvenile delinquents and juveniles facing trouble by relating to them as older brothers or sisters and being available for consultations.
  As of April 1, 2009, there were 495 BBS Associations with 4,217 members (Source: The Rehabilitation Bureau, Ministry of Justice).

(2) Women’s Association for Rehabilitation Aid

  Women’s Associations for Rehabilitation Aid are volunteer organizations that support the sound development of young persons and reformation/rehabilitation of offenders and juvenile delinquents, as well as aiding in crime prevention in communities.
  As of April 1, 2009, there were 1,309 local associations with 189,662 members (Source: The Rehabilitation Bureau, Ministry of Justice).

(3) Cooperative employers

  Cooperative employers are private business operators who understand the circumstances of probationers/parolees and those receiving urgent aftercare who are facing difficulty in finding regular employment due to their history of offenses or delinquencies, etc., and then cooperate in their reformation/rehabilitation by employing them.
  At probation offices, efforts are being made to increase the number of cooperative employers by enlisting the support of rehabilitation service organizations that include volunteer probation officers’ associations, juridical persons for offenders rehabilitation, and Women’s Associations for Rehabilitation Aid, etc. (See (1) of Subsection 3, Section 1, Chapter 4, Part 7).
  As of April 1, 2009, there were 7,749 cooperative employers, both individual and juridical persons, and 435 probationers/parolees employed by them. By industry type, construction was the most common at 48.6%, followed by manufacturing (15.8%), and services (12.4%) (Source: The Rehabilitation Bureau, Ministry of Justice).