The recent AP article run in the Japan Times on 10/1/2010 states, “The Japanese Embassy said in a statement that Japan is sympathetic to the plight of children caught in custody battles between Japanese and American citizens and ‘is continuing to make sincere efforts to deal with this issue from the standpoint that the welfare of the child should be of the utmost importance.‘” US House of Representatives H. Res. 1326, which demands Japan put an end to child abuse in its country in the form of child abduction and access denial, elicited the Japanese embassy response. The resolution passed [Continue Reading...]
Over 3,200 US citizens, children living in Japan with an American (USA) parent, are being denied access to one of their parents. This based on 16 years, 1992 – 2007, of Japanese Government statistics. It is estimated that at least 96,247 children with one non-Japanese parent are being denied access to one of their parents. This is a global issue being perpetrated against children, with blood connections to nations around the world. This is data on Japanese vital statistics reported by MHLW: divorces for 16 years from 1992 to 2007. These are the numbers of children who experience denial of [Continue Reading...]
Video presentation of House Resolution 1326, “Calling on the Government of Japan to immediately…provide left-behind parents immediate access to their children”. The video is compelling and condemning of Japan’s ongoing disgraceful human rights abuse against children, denying them the love of a parent, relatives and friends. This presentation calls for a recorded vote on the floor. Your comments greatly appreciated. Read the full text of H. Res. 1326 . A short read, well worth a look. (Final votes on the H. Res 1326 are in. It passed 416 Yays, 1 Nay, and 15 No Votes.) Download – You can download [Continue Reading...]
H. Res 1326, demanding Japan reunite abducted children with their parents, will be debated on the House Floor tomorrow (9/28) in the U.S. between 2 and 3 PM for 40 minutes and televised on C-Span. (Full video available here. The resolution passed 416 to 1.) Then a roll call vote calling for every Congressman to vote on the resolution will occur between 10 AM and 11 AM on Wednesday, to be followed by a Capitol Hill Press Conference about the resolution. This update came from our friends at BAC Home, one of the organizations and groups of people who have [Continue Reading...]
IAPCR would like to share some older articles written in 1999 and 2000 by Timothy Maier. He focused on Europe and the Middle East but the problems he writes about are the same problems we face today in Japan and many other countries all over the world. Mr. Maier constantly criticized the State Department for their incompetence. All of the obstacles we face today were present 10 years ago (the way State classifies cases, how countries are seen as compliant or non-compliant in relation to the Hague, misleading Congress, unwillingness to protect its own citizens, unwillingness to prosecute child abductors, [Continue Reading...]
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Osaka did a story about international divorce and the state of Family Law in Japan. They focused on 2 cases, Craig Morrey and Yuka Yamanaka. Craig’s ex moved to Yamaguchi-ken with their daughter and left Craig to care for his severely handicapped son all by himself. Craig rarely gets to meet his daughter. Craig, as most divorced parents, is extremely unhappy with the family court system. He is working with many people in Japan and America to change the Family Law System in Japan. Yuka’s children live in America and her ex refuses to let the [Continue Reading...]
Eleven years ago (April of 1999), First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cherie Booth, the wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were the principal guest speakers at the launch of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). It was a new British-American initiative to find missing children worldwide and to stamp out cross-border child abduction. Secretary Clinton has finally spoken about our issue (her issue?) but she has not spoken with passion. One would think this issue is still important to her but we have not seen any significant progress over the last year even though Secretary Clinton [Continue Reading...]
On Saturday July 31st, (“中部・共同親権法制化運動の会”)”Chubu Joint Custody Association for the legislation of joint nurture” sponsored a demo in Nagoya followed by a symposium related to Parental Abduction, Joint Custody, and Parental Alienation. Five fathers spoke at the symposium after the demo. Goto-sensei was the keynote speaker at the symposium. NHK and the Chunichi shimbun were at the symposium and plan to do stories on the issue. Goto-sensei had several interesting points. She said, there are not many lawyers in Japan that are experienced and willing to fight the unjust Japanese Court system. Goto-sensei talked about a case that she worked [Continue Reading...]
Colin Jones is a law professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto. He has studied Japanese Family Law, Child Custody, Divorce, and Parental Abduction for the last 6 years. He did an interview in the summer of 2009 about Japanese Family Courts and why they do what they do. The interview can be found on youtube. As always Colin is very incite-full. If you want to learn more about the Family Court System in Japan please watch the 50 minute interview. (It is a five part series each being 10 minutes).
Colin Jones, law professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, has written a paper titled “IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COURT: WHAT AMERICAN LAWYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION IN JAPAN”. The title speaks for itself. If you are divorced, thinking about getting a divorce, or know someone that is divorced, I highly recommend that they read this long and informative paper about the Family Courts in Japan. Professor Jones discusses judges, mediators, investigators, custody (shinken & kangoken), visitation rights, and more. You can read the full 104 page pdf report here.
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