Prisoners in Japanese jails safe: MOFA


TAIPEI–Japan has confirmed that 65 Taiwanese nationals serving sentences in Japanese prisons are safe in the wake of the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami off the northeastern coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

The ministry said Taiwan’s representative office in Japan inquired about the situations in eight prisons in the affected areas to confirm the situation regarding the Taiwanese prisoners and asked the Japanese authorities to safeguard their wellbeing.

Of the eight prisons, one located in Fukushima Prefecture, site of a nuclear crisis that began in the wake of the quake, said that if there is further deterioration of the situation, the prison will handle the matter properly and will treat all inmates the same way, regardless of nationality.

Taiwan’s representative office also said that the Fukushima prison and a sub-prison are more than 60 km away from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, well within the safety range set by the Japanese government.