Jailer Sacked for Otaku Chat

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A prison guard has been sacked after engaging a prisoner in otaku-related conversation.

The affair began at Chiba Prison, where a 31-year-old guard was found to have chatted with a prisoner at least 20 times over a 4 year period.

Their conversations dealt with such topics as games and manga, including as the number of volumes various manga reached and the price of DVDs, with the officer helpfully looking up the details at home on his PC and telling the inmate later.

The guard explained that “As he was a difficult inmate, I thought that by accommodating him he would become easier to manage.”

He is also accused of other unforgivably improper conduct, including telling other inmates the names of his fellow officers.

Once his actions came to light, he was subject to disciplinary measures and then “voluntarily” retired the same day.

The prison head offered the usual formulaic platitude – “I offer my profound apologies to the country, and I intend to ensure no such lapse occurs again in future.”

The prisoner’s sentence and crime were not specified, although Chiba Prison only houses male first-time offenders serving sentences of 8 years or more.

Japanese  prisons are known for their harsh conditions (at least compared to the prison-hotels run by many other developed nations), although the authorities tend to treat custodial sentences as a last resort and Japan’s incarceration rate of 54 per 100,000 citizens compares rather favourably to such bastions of liberty as the US, with a rate of 715 per 100,000.

However, the prevailing attitude is that offenders are to be subjected to extremes of discipline and austerity – and it would seem this extends even to friendly conversations between inmates and guards.


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    Avatar of CakeStar
    Comment by CakeStar
    23:55 31/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Not knowing anything about anime for 8 years really is hell.

    Avatar of Default Player
    Comment by Default Player
    00:02 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That's right. I'd go violent, too.

    Avatar of shiroki
    Comment by shiroki
    00:40 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Imagine coming out 10 years in the future to find furry being all the rage.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:50 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'll probably die. I swear.

    Comment by PhillB
    02:20 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    8 years later...

    Welcome to the world. Stand up and salute Hello Kitty, your omnipotent, omnipresent, blood-hungry empress.

    A Pinkish Clockwork.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    10 years later, one piece is still running

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you'll get all the traps you want in prison, and by getting I mean ass rape

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd go hunting if furries were all the rage 10 years after. i'll just say "what's the difference?" and then do what torappu said xD

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    Comment by torappu
    01:28 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd get myself arrested again and hope that the next time I'm released traps are all the rage again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't drop the soap

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    8 years later just as the man was just about to find DVDs of all of the anime he missed, when suddenly he saw a huge poster that said

    poster:CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF ISHIHARA BEING OUR PRIME MINISTER

    that man:"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!"

    that would have been a real hell to him, and for me too...

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    Comment by Hayate
    12:25 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    8 years later just as the man was just about to find DVDs of all of the anime he missed, when suddenly he saw a huge poster that said

    poster:CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF ISHIHARA BEING OUR PRIME MINISTER

    that man:"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!"

    that would have been a real hell to him, and for me too...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imagine all the catching up you have to do, and being so far behind time man..

    Comment by Anonymous

    I actually haven't watched anime since the summer of 2002. It's not as bad as you think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then what the hell are you doing on this site?

    Seems pointless if you've lost interest in anime.

    Avatar of MikuMiku
    Comment by MikuMiku
    00:45 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So they'd rather guards be hostile to the inmates and visa versa.

    That's gonna stop riots and inmates shanking guards, and guards beating inmates in their cells.

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    Comment by alidan
    11:26 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lets see here, you are in prison for a reason. in japan you dont go there unless you really fucked up, and lets be honest, look at their laws and what sentences are really given.

    this is a country were holding someone captive for months, raping and torturing them, finally killing them gets you a sub 8 year conviction, not america where you can get a 25+ year sentence because you smoke weed on the weekends.

    you go to prison there for a fucking reason. now in america, being nice to inmates happens, because it keeps riots down. HOWEVER that doesn't extend to giving personal details and is an immediate grounds for being fired and coming up on charges yourself.

    here lets look at what he did wrong.

    1) “As he was a difficult inmate, I thought that by accommodating him he would become easier to manage.”
    this is good, however he went into developing a small relationship with him. what you do in these cases is make the guards not beat his ass if he does something, and have more patients with him, not overtly showing him kindness of a conversation, something he is being deprived of for a fucking reason

    2) "including telling other inmates the names of his fellow officers"
    in america, we have prison gangs, and i cant see it being different in japan. you don't give a name because it may get those people stalked or killed in extreme circumstances.

    the above otaku conversation was probably a disciplinary conversation at best. the giving the names, that was what he was fired for.

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    Comment by LDC
    09:09 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    "However, the prevailing attitude is that offenders are to be subjected to extremes of discipline and austerity – and it would seem this extends even to friendly conversations between inmates and guards."

    But.. that just inhuman.. criminals are people too!

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    00:11 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    *A guard and a prisoner in cell were having a chat when another guard on duty happened to pass by.

    Guard B: What do you think you're doing? You're not slacking off chatting with No. 2324 about those stuff aren't you?

    Guard A: No sir, I was just giving him some tips on doing Jailbreaks, sir.

    Guard B: Oh I see. Pardon me, I thought you two were talking about videogames, mangas and all of those sinful stuff.

    00:23 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Prisoner: Hey guard you got the stuff, the good stuff.

    Guard: Yeah i got the stuff.

    Prisoner: Hurry up man i need my fix.

    Guard: Hold your horses, here check it out i got Oreimo to Madoka what would you like.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:13 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Prisoner: I'll go with Madoka. Been awhile since I've seen a feel good series.

    Guard: Here ya go.

    Prisoner: Thanks man. You really helped me. I can't thank you enough.

    Guard: No problem. Just helping you pass the time till you're a free man again. Hope you like it.

    The next day...

    (CHIBA) Mr.A, a prisoner in the Chiba prison was found dead this morning by one of the prison guards. Forensic teams have deemed the cause of death as suicide when they found an anime disc "Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka" in the player set to loop at episode 3...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 01/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fellow inmates were also found to have been consistently asking the prison guards to form a contract with them for no apparent reason what so ever...

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    01:06 01/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    He should have ordered a large poster of an anime girl, and started digging a hole behind it...

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    01:39 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But that plan would fail if the guard decided to take it back for... re-examination purposes.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    01:12 02/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Madoka Kaname >>> Rita Hayworth

    Avatar of POKI
    Comment by POKI
    01:45 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guard B: what were you just talking to the prisoner about?

    Guard A: the men in jail block A were just curious about our shifts, the name of the guards and where our family lived. so i made photocopies and passed it to everyone.

    Guard B: ...oh, i see.

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    Comment by Reichi
    23:55 31/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So, what? Keep all guards from treating prisoners like human beings? That'll work great for everyone when they're finally out!

    Comment by Char
    05:20 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They may have committed a crime but they are still human beings and should be treated as such.

    Treating them like animals or less then human is bad for everyone when the prisoner gets out.
    Banning the guards talking with prisoners seems nuts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually less than animals. A zookeeper isn't sacked for talking to an elephant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah XD nice one.

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    Comment by Hayate
    12:29 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    zookeeper: Hey there mr elephant, how are you today? you know, i've watched this new anime called Madoka and its really cool you know?
    there's dead cute girls everywhere and i was like wtf, thats so awesome

    will he be sacked if he do that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It depends. If the prison is too comfortable then the criminal might want to go back there. If the prison is hard then the criminal might start obeying the law so he would not go back (helps if the police is competent and can catch most criminals).

    Also, what I read on American forums is that Americans, while really despising sex crimes, actually like that prisoners get raped by other prisoners. So, I guess it's OK when the other prisoners treat you bad, just not the state.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    'They're supposed to be segregated from society. Therefore interactions with respectful members of society are not tolerated.' <-It's their mindset. Free nation my ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 31/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Difficult Prisoner?
    "I need my moe imouto HNNNNNNNNNGGGG!! *smashes window*"

    Avatar of Neonie
    Comment by Neonie
    23:50 31/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    How DARE that man talk to a prisoner like it's another human being. HOW. DARE. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:48 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Prison = Zoo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wasn't the prison in dead man wonderland kinda like that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean walk around and feed them issues of Shounen Jump?

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    Comment by CowExtract
    05:09 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So brothel would then be considered a (heavy)petting zoo then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should really make it a zoo for kids to walk around and feed them crackers lol

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    Comment by Travis
    00:24 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I bet if it came to light the prisoner was a convicted rapist or something of the sort, everyone would change their minds right quick. As it stands though, LOLJAPAN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well it's not the convict I feel sorry for, it's the guardsman.

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    Comment by Master Chief
    00:51 01/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Is it me or did Ishihara's manga ban affect personal conversations too?

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    01:41 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's no surprise to me. That bastard hates anime and manga anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 01/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ishihara: "Otaku are illegal."

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    Comment by Falos
    00:04 01/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I hate it when people reveal my name. It's not like names are a feature for the sake of others, for society. If I were the only person alive, my name would be just as important and functional. My parents didn't give me that name so people could address me by it, I need the ambiguity of "hey you in the shirt and pants" to avoid confusion and complications.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny.... the unfortunate thing is that some people actually think that.

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    00:02 01/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "A prison guard has been sacked after engaging a prisoner in otaku-related conversation." don't see a problem

    "He is also accused of other unforgivably improper conduct, including telling other inmates the names of his fellow officers." But this is

    Avatar of kamiru
    Comment by kamiru
    00:30 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    death note time!

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    Comment by kazaza2
    01:02 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I would agree with disciplining him for revealing the other officers names. Too much of a chance of personal and family harassment.
    The rest of it seems excessive. Maybe they were looking to can this guy anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 01/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uh, kazaza.... the guys could EASILY get the names of the guards and put name to address when they get out, if they get out.





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