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Japan is Making Sincere Efforts?
Oct 2nd, 2010

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...]

Japan Condemned for Child Abduction &
Denial of Access by US House of Representatives
Sep 30th, 2010

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...]

International Divorce, the Hague, &
Japanese Family Law
Aug 14th, 2010

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...]

Chubu Kyoudou Shinken Symposium and
Demonstration in Nagoya
Aug 5th, 2010

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...]

Interview with Colin Jones about Japanese
Family Law
Aug 3rd, 2010

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).

Father’s Day Demonstration in Tokyo in
Support of the Hague and Joint Custody
Jun 21st, 2010

About 50 left behind parents got together on Father’s Day in Tokyo to raise awareness about Japan’s growing Family Law Problems. Japan doesn’t have a joint custody system like most western countries, so when couples divorce one parent (usually the father) looses parental rights/visitation rights. Sometimes children are abducted by one parent to their home country. Some Japanese parents can’t see their child because he/she is in another country. Some foreign parents can’t see their kids because they have been abducted to Japan and the spouse is refusing all contact. Still other parents live in Japan both far and near [Continue Reading...]

Joint Custody Clip by Asahi Broadcasting
Corporation Osaka
Jun 16th, 2010

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) televised a short 14 minute piece on Joint Custody (Kyoudou Shinken) on June 8th. It was a short but good program aired in Osaka that focused on 2 women. One woman can only see her kids 4 times per year when the kids spend the day at her parents house. The other woman’s children are in America (Utah). Since Japan has not signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction the father will not let the children visit Japan. She would like Japan to sign the Hague so her kids can come [Continue Reading...]

Videos of recent interviews with Christopher Savoie
May 12th, 2010

This is a collection of 4 videos some of which are interviews with Christopher Savoie. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Diet Debate on Hague and Joint Custody
Apr 13th, 2010

We have uploaded a video clip of a debate in the Diet on Japan signing the Hague convention and Joint Custody issues.

Joint Custody in Japan
Feb 26th, 2010

Part one of three on a video about reforming family law in Japan. Currently many parents are working to change the law so joint custody will be possible in Japan. You will learn about joint custody in America and how custody differs in Japan. You will learn about the common problems with the family law system in Japan too.

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