Japan minister apologises over escaped prisoner
Japan's justice minister has apologised for the authorities' failure to catch a prisoner who escaped nine days ago.
Tatsuma Hirao, 27, is suspected of stealing items including socks, a car and a mobile phone since his escape.
Around 6,600 officers have now joined the hunt for him on the small island of Mukaishima and 96 prison officers have been sent to secure schools.
Hirao was serving a five-and-a-half-year sentence for theft at a low-security prison in south-western Japan.
The owner of the vehicle which was stolen later found a message from the suspect that read: "I'm borrowing your... read more
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