If the prison is located in mountain or isolated island, it will be difficult tocontrol the tasks. Shipping costs much time and money.
During the tasks in prison, prisoners are not allowed to talk.
Without Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, New year's eve and day, they had to work 8hours in a day under the Labor Standards Act.
"Supplying stable working force, costing less and labor-control free etc., thereare many points good for companies in prison workforce. Therefore around 2,150companies currently apply it as of April, 2010." (Ministry of Justice, A guide of Prison-workforce)
Producing is applied by minor business. Bankruptcy, declining of orders or ordering abroad, which costs less make prison-workforce disengaged.
The work is mainly to produce industrial and craft products such as chests, tables, shogi (Japanese chess) boards, BBQ sets and aprons.
A bonus plan is provided for such production work.
This production work bonus is ranked into 10 stages, from trainee workers to first-rank workers, based on task performance as a norm.
2The average amount provided monthly is currently a little less than 4,000 yen, and about 30% of the inmates receive the average total amount of 50,000 yen upontheir release from the prison, and those who receive less than 10,000 yen accounts for a little more than 20%.