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 White paper on crime 2009 Part3/Chapter1/Section3/3 

3 Correction

  The number of foreign national inmates in 2008 was 1,502 (down 20.4% from the previous year) (Source: Annual Report of Statistics on Correction).
  Foreign national inmates who require treatment different from that of Japanese inmates are categorized as Class F inmates and treated according to the culture and customs, etc. of their home countries.
  Fig. 3-1-3-5 shows the number of new Class F inmates over the last 20 years.
  The number increased sharply in 1998, and then continued increasing and reached 1,690 in 2004. It then continued decreasing every year from 2005 on and was 928 in 2008.

Fig. 3-1-3-5  Number of new Class F inmates (1989–2008)

  By nationality, etc. of newly admitted Class F inmates in 2008, those from China were the largest in number with 288 persons, followed by Iran with 118, Brazil with 114, South/North Korea with 85, and Vietnam with 74 (See Appendix 3-5). By type of offense, theft was the most common with 304 persons, followed by Immigration Control Act violations with 160, Stimulants Control Act violations with 159, robbery with 59, and Narcotics and Psychotropic Control Act violations with 36 (Source: Annual Report of Statistics on Correction).
  As of December 31, 2008, the number of Class F inmates was 3,233 (2,947 males and 286 females), a decrease of 386 (10.7%) from the same date of the previous year (Source: Annual Report of Statistics on Correction).