Japan Update: Yaakov Yosef Closes in On Day 1,500 of Incarceration


japan-yaakov-yosefAs Lag Ba’omer approaches, the askanim involved in the case of the bochurim in Japan have provided Matzav.com with a brief update.

As previously reported here on Matzav.com, the Ministry of Justice in Japan has already confirmed that they will shortly send their final approval for the transfer of Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel. Although attempts were made to try to get the transfer done before Pesach, at the last moment the Japanese asked Israel to confirm a minor issue. This caused a further delay.

During Pesach, the Israeli Ministry of Justice was in contact with the Ministry of Justice in Japan and they confirmed that they were looking through the parole laws, all of which they are now fully satisfied with. They will be sending their final approval shortly.

Since then,¬†other efforts have been undertaken to try to receive the approval quickly, and the outcome was that the Ministry of Justice is in the process of sending the approval so that the transfer can be expedited. They also confirmed that there’s no need to place any pressure on them any longer and the askanim should be hearing from them shortly.

Most of last week was a national holiday in Japan, so no progress could be made, but it is hoped that this week, they will send their final approval once and for all.

In the meantime, Yaakov Yosef is doing well, boruch Hashem. His spirits are better than they were before Pesach. His father and the Chabad shliach, Rabbi Binyomin Edery, visit often.
Yaakov Yosef has been incarcerated for 1,498 days. This Friday will be day 1,500.
All are asked to continue davening for Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel.

{Casriel Bauman-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I daven every day twice a day for Yaakov Yosef and have promised my family that when he (the last bochur incarcerated in Japan) gets out we will make a big celebration. With each of the other two we made a small one…Hashem should allow that day to be soon

  2. To A Caring Yid,
    The RODEPH was imprisoned and released to go about his rotton to the core life as a “free” man. True justice always takes place eventually…

  3. Thank you for the update. Each day, I mention his name during Shema Koleinu in S”E and I wondered what was happeining with him, nebach.

  4. I have been reciting tehillim daily for Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel, and in line with the idea that HaShem yearns for our tefilos, I also took upon myself to continue doing so for a full month after his release. May we daven with deep “kavana” without such tragedies! May he be released already and may HaShem savor our tefilos that come from simcha!