Tokyo Detention House

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Tokyo Detention House
1989 aerial photograph of the correctional facility and its surroundings

The Tokyo Detention House[1] (東京拘置所, Tōkyō Kōchisho) is a correctional facility in Katsushika, Tokyo.[2] A part of the penal system of Japan, it is operated by the Ministry of Justice.

One of Japan's seven execution chambers is in this facility. Hanging is Japan's method of execution. The execution chamber in Tokyo has a trap door. As the condemned dies, his or her body falls into a room below the execution chamber, and in that room the death is confirmed.[3] Before the condemned is executed, he or she passes a statue of Amida Nyorai (Amitābha), a Buddhist deity[citation needed]. The execution room is in two sections, with both of them together the size of a 15 tatami mat room.[2]

Notable prisoners[edit]

Non-death row:


  1. ^ "Penal Institutions in Japan." Ministry of Justice. Retrieved on August 27, 2010. Text found in Google search says "(Front cover: Tokyo Detention House)"
  2. ^ a b "Diet members tour execution chamber." The Japan Times. Thursday July 24, 2003. Retrieved on August 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Lendon, Brad. "Japan reveals long-secretive execution process." CNN. August 27, 2010. Retrieved on August 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "The World: Tanaka: Prisoner of 'Money Power'." TIME. Monday August 9, 1976. Retrieved on August 29, 2010. "The spartan cell is no different from that of any ordinary inmate at the Tokyo House of Detention—"

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Coordinates: 35°45′31″N 139°49′03″E / 35.75861°N 139.81750°E / 35.75861; 139.81750