Presentation of Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan (CPR)

During 2 years, attorneys at law interested in human rights issues related to inmates life conditions in Japanese prisons and detention facilities worked together to eventually create Center for Prisoner’s Rights Japan, a private organization (unregistered NGO) on the 11th of March, 1995. Afterwards, CPR acquired legal personality in June 2002 as a “Non-Profit Organization” (NPO). On March 11th, 2010, CPR celebrated its fifteenth anniversary.

CPR focuses on improving and protecting human rights in Criminal Detention facilities as well as Immigration and Control facilities in order to comply with the International Standards. Its goal, set in 1995, is to achieve, ultimately, the abolition of death penalty in Japan.

The main activities of CPR are:

  1. To investigate human rights violations inside detention facilities and make public statements of such findings inside and outside Japan.
  2. To provide legal advice when needed, and help bringing a lawsuit or an appeal in particular cases.
  3. To investigate the various international human rights standards related to Criminal Detention Facilities, and to seek the ratification of human rights treaties when relevant
    (however, at the present time CPR is not able to take actions regarding treaties related to Immigration Control).

Every three months CPR publishes a newsletter including reports on particular events such as seminars hold from time to time in Japan, the presentation of some judgments precedents relative to prison conditions, or observations about foreign detention facilities. You too, take action and become a member of our supporting team!

President-Yuichi Kaido (attorney at law)
Secretary General – Teppei Oono (attorney at law)

End solitary confinement and video surveillance of death row prisoners

Paris, Tokyo – 22 August 2022. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Center for Prisoners’ Rights (CPR) denounce the use of solitary confinement and intrusive video surveillance of death row prisoners in Japan. Such measures amount to serious human rights violations and are grossly inconsistent with Japan’s obligations under international law.

Protest Against Executions Ordered by Minister of Justice Yoshihisa Furukawa


The Centre for Prisoners’ Rights (CPR) receives many queries from the inmates of detention centres, prisons and other penal institutions, as well as from their families and friends. A large number of these queries involve serious issues regarding the medical care received by the people detained. This booklet was therefore created to address these issues, and we hope that it provides a certain amount of help in ensuring the physical and mental health of inmates as they prepare for their return to society.

Disclaimer: This English-language version is produced by the Center for Prisoner Rights in collaboration with the British Embassy Tokyo.

HEALTHCARE GUIDE For Detainees & Prisoners in Japan’s Penal Institutions

CPR’s Documents and Investigation Reports

CPR has been producing different kinds of documents and reports about death penalty in Japan, both in Japanese and English, in order to submit them to the relevant organizations ( for instance, the Human Rights Committee and the Committee against Torture).



Center for Prisoners’ Rights Japan

Address: Lions Mansion #703,
2-3-16, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0022


Presentation of our Projects – Achievements

1. Human Rights Enquiries – Research

CPR investigates to fully grasp actual living conditions in Japanese prisons, points out the issues within the institution, and proposes some improvements. At the occasion of the periodic report submitted by the Japanese Government reviewed by the UN Committee against Torture, CPR submits an alternative report and sends a delegate team to Geneva in order to present a necessary counter point of view on the matter to the Committee.

2. Consultation Methodh

3. Our Achievements so far