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 White paper on crime 2009 Part5/Chapter2/Section1/6 

6 Measures for victims, etc. in rehabilitation services

  In response to the Basic Act on Crime Victims and the Basic Plan for Crime Victims, the following systems were established under the Offenders Rehabilitation Act and have been in force since December 1, 2007: [1] a system in which Regional Parole Boards hear the opinions, etc. of victims, etc. in the process of examining the release on parole of inmates from penal institutions or juvenile training schools (hereinafter referred to as “release on parole, etc.” in this subsection); and [2] a system for making the perpetrators sympathize with victims, etc. in their feelings, in which probation offices hear the feelings etc. of victims, etc. and inform the perpetrators under probation/parole supervision of them. In addition, [3] a system in which the Regional Parole Board and probation offices supply victims, etc. with information on the status of treatment of perpetrators (See Subsections 3 and 4) and [4] a system in which probation offices mainly engage in counseling victims, etc. and introduce them to relevant agencies, etc. In 2008 a total of 212 cases of [1], 61 cases of [2], and 837 cases of [4] were implemented (See Subsections 3 and 4 for [3]) (Source: The Rehabilitation Bureau, Ministry of Justice).