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Perceived and actual prison occupancy level in Japan 2018

This statistic presents the results of a survey on perceived occupancy level of prisons in Japan as of October 2018. According to data published by Ipsos, Japanese respondents overestimated the occupancy level of the prisons by 36 percent. On average, the respondents thought that the prison occupancy in Japan was around 103 percent, when the actual occupancy rate was around 67 percent.

Perceived and actual occupancy level of prisons in Japan as of October 2018

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Release date

December 2018



Survey time period

September 28 to October 16, 2018

Number of respondents

approx. 2,000

Age group

16-64 years

Special properties

nationally representative samples

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

Original question:
"What do you think the occupancy level of prisons in Japan is? By occupancy level, we mean, how full do you think prisons in your country are, with 0 being empty, 100 being full and 200 being at double the capacity."

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