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LBP Cycling Crusader Ken Thompson to
Meet Hague First Secretary of the
Permanent Bureau
Jul 26th, 2010

On July 26, Ken Thompson whose 5 year old boy Andrew was abducted from Australia by his mother in April of 2008, whereabouts still unknown, is set to meet with the Hague’s First Secretary of the Permanent Bureau to discuss Hague successes and steps to further prevent and solve parental child abduction. If you would like to become a signatory to this letter, go into his site today. If you haven’t, do take a look at Ken’s journey to find his son. Ken began cycling across Europe in May in search of his son and to protest child abduction. Through [Continue Reading...]

BACHome’s Involvement with HR 1326
by Randy Collins
Jul 21st, 2010

My name is Randy Collins. My son, Keisuke Christian Collins, was illegally abducted by his Japanese mother, Reiko Nakata Greenberg Collins on June 16, 2008. The last day I saw Keisuke was Fathers Day, June 15, 2008. Reiko violated preexisting California Superior Court orders and fled to live with her parents, Ken and Miyuki Nakata in Yotsukaido, Japan. Since that time, I have dedicated my life to getting Keisuke back home. I have traveled to Washington DC numerous times to raise awareness of Japan’s stance of sanctioning and endorsing the abduction of hundreds of American children. On May 5, 2010 [Continue Reading...]

Father in Tokyo Needs Help Finding His
Abducted Boys
Jul 8th, 2010

A father would like to request your help in finding his two sons, who will be 10 and 7 this year. Here’s a brief summary of what he told IAPCR: I have been in Japan for nearly 20 years (married for 17), and I filed for divorce in January when I could no longer accept my wife’s increasing abuse of my three children (I have a daughter who just turned 13). My wife has also been in an ongoing affair since 2007. My wife and I began mediation, and at the end of March, she suddenly abducted all three children [Continue Reading...]

Two Recent Articles by Masako Akeo on
the Need for Joint Custody
Jul 5th, 2010

Masako Akeo has had 2 articles published recently related to the need for joint custody. In the first article she talks about the rights of a child, suing Keiko Chiba (Minister of Justice), and being prohibited from going to her son’s school. But more importantly she mentions the need for joint custody. Many other nations have a joint custody system in place and children have regular and meaningful contact with both parents on a weekly basis. The article also mentions Kozue Sugano a left behind Japanese mother whose child was taken to Bangladesh by her Bangladeshi ex-husband. Kozue has no [Continue Reading...]

New Left Behind Fathers Group in Nagoya
Jun 30th, 2010

A new group was formed in Nagoya. The name is “中部・共同親権法制化運動の会”(Chubu Joint Custody Association for the legislation of joint nurture). On Sunday the group met near Oasis 21 in Sakae. Six left behind fathers handed out flyers about the need for joint custody. These father’s took turns speaking via a microphone about what happens to parents after divorce and how Japan is behind the rest of the civilized world in terms of family law. They also spoke about the need for civil law reform. A group of 6 teenagers stopped to learn more. The said that their parents or their [Continue Reading...]

Father’s Day March for Joint Custody and
the Hague – Tokyo 2010
Jun 26th, 2010

For your average dad, Father’s Day means a handmade card from the kids, a new necktie or bottle of cologne, and hugs and kisses all around from those they love. But for a determined group of left-behind fathers and mothers last Sunday, Father’s Day instead meant a very vocal protest march through the streets of Shibuya Ward in Tokyo. Organized by the Meetup group Left Behind Parents Japan, an assemblage of around 50 parents who have lost access to their children, together with their supporters, unfurled banners, carried picket signs, and with bullhorns shouted slogans in both English and Japanese [Continue Reading...]

From the Shadows. A documentary film
that examines parental abduction and
retention in Japan
Jun 25th, 2010

Last night there was a pre-screening of a film called “From the Shadows” a film by David Hearn and Matt Antell. I personally found the film to be very informative and really driving home the severe abduction problem in Japan. There are even Japanese government officials quoted to the effect that abduction is an acceptable cultural practice in Japan. Seeing the horrifying cases of abduction and outright acceptable mental child-abuse practices in Japan was alarming. Seeing the treatment of children in Japan in this film makes it difficult to believe Japan is a 21st century civilized nation. This is a [Continue Reading...]

K-Net and IAPCR Press conference
Jun 18th, 2010

Yesterday K-Net and IAPCR did a joint press conference in Toranomon in Tokyo. There were several reporters from the Japanese media in attendance and we hope the conference helps get the word out to Japanese community.

Great Story about a 5th Grader Making
a Difference
Jun 11th, 2010

Craig Morrey told me a great story about a 5th Grader making a difference. The following is what Craig said: When raising my severely disabled son alone while fighting in a dysfunctional court system to defend my daughter’s rights to be with her father and brother seems overwhelming, I remind myself of Einstein’s quote- “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”. Focusing on the opportunity my family was given, I chose to publicly share our story to raise awareness of the critical need to reform Japanese Family Courts. I was exceptionally pleased, not to mention quite surprised, when Leena [Continue Reading...]

Japan’s Child Support Deadbeats
May 20th, 2010

The Asahi Shimbun on 5/18/2010 in an article describes how disputes over child support rose in 2009, with already divorced mothers and fathers filing 18,513 new arbitration requests nationwide over child support expenses in family courts; this a 17% increase over 2008. This ostensibly due to difficulties in the economy. A total of 2,911 cases which couldn’t be resolved through arbitration went into regular court. This a new postwar high. But here is the dirty little secret of Japan. As reported in the article and backed up by Japanese government statistics, less than 20% of divorced mothers actual receive any [Continue Reading...]

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