The IAPCR, International Association for Parent Child Reunion, is an incorporated not-for-profit legal entity in Japan. As our name states, we are dedicated to law supporting parent and child communication and interaction. Currently Japan’s legal system is a complete disgrace when it comes to these issues. Japan has a sole-custody system so after a couple with children separate, one parent takes care of the child. In these cases, it is typically said that over 80% of all children have absolutely no access to the other parent.
Not only does the Japanese legal system encourage no contact whatsoever with the parent which does not have legal custody, but Japan is an haven for international abduction. This is for both cultural reasons and for the fact that Japan is not a signatory of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This easily allows abduction to Japan without any fear of prosecution.
The IAPCR was founded in order to fight these injustices to the basic human rights of our children. We feel that a three-pronged approach will be most effective in change laws in Japan:
1. Domestic pressure on local and federal government
2. International pressure from individual countries whose citizens have been subject to having their children abducted to Japan
3. Joint international pressure on Japan to sign the Hague convention.
It’s founding members include:
Darshaun Nadeau, President
Steve Christi, Board member
Kevin Brown, Board member
Todd Schmidt, Auditor
IAPCR is located in Tokyo. We welcome new members and participation by anyone sympathetic to our cause. Do not hesitate to contact us.