Practice Relating to Rule 119. Accommodation for Women Deprived of Their Liberty
Japan’s Law concerning the Treatment of Prisoners of War and Other Detainees in Armed Attack Situations (2004) states:
(Inquiry for Recognition of Internment Status)
Article 11(3) The recognition officer of internment status [a position that includes designated commanding officers] may inspect the personal effects or body of captive persons when it is necessary for recognition of internment status; provided, however, that the inspection of a female captive person’s body shall be conducted by female staff members of the Self-Defense Forces, except for emergency cases.
Article 45 The Self-Defense Forces personnel designated by the prisoner-of-war camp commander may, if necessary to maintain discipline and order in the prisoner-of-war camp, search a detainee’s body, clothes, personal belongings, and living quarters, and deprive the detainee of any personal belongings, and temporarily take custody thereof; provided, however, that the search of the body and clothes of a female detainee shall be conducted by the female Self-Defense Forces personnel designated by the prisoner-of-war camp commander.