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Chubu Kyoudou Shinken Symposium and
Demonstration in Nagoya
August 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 on for 3 years. She represented the father and after a 3 year battle custody was awarded to him but transferring physical custody to the father was a problem. The court tried to assist with this two different times but each time it failed. After the second failure the court suggested that Goto and the father give up. Hence, as most of us know, the court has no real power.

Goto said things use to be different 30 years ago. Men often got custody but sometime in the 1990′s a feminist movement took place and women suddenly started gaining power especially in custody cases.

Goto also said, if you are a good person and follow the Japanese way your chances of being abused by the system are great. Goto suggested you fight in court that way judges and courts will know there is a problem. If you don’t try and fight you will never win. “Fight the systems” was her biggest message of the day. But, in the same breath Goto-sensei said there are only 5 aggressive lawyers in Japan who are willing to fight the system. She said the other lawyers are weak or inexperienced and don’t want to cause trouble. So if you read between the lines, it is almost impossible to hire an aggressive lawyer who will fight for the best interests of the child.

If you have time watch the short video below.

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Related posts:

  1. Father’s Day Demonstration in Tokyo in
    Support of the Hague and Joint Custody
  2. Study Session about Reforming Japanese Family Law
  3. New Left Behind Fathers Group in Nagoya
  4. Joint Custody Clip by Asahi Broadcasting
    Corporation Osaka
  5. Petitioning Citizens in Nishinomiya, Japan for Joint Custody

2 Responses  
  • mike jeffries writes:
    August 5th, 20109:43 pmat

    Parental alienation is a huge problem around the world — affecting countless children, parents and extended family members every year. For more information on this destructive family dynamic, please visit http://www.afamilysheartbreak.com.

  • TcS writes:
    August 9th, 201010:17 amat

    Thank you Michael for your comment and your book. For anyone interested Michael has written a book which covers the psychology of PAS along with a parent’s perspective. You can check the reviews or order in Japan.

    I always got a kick out of the show, “Two and a Half Men”, but the opening theme was a constant reminder. It showed the young boy grow in a second from when he first started the series, to his current height in the 7th season. Lost time is never recovered.

    In Japan, forced separation is institutionalized. There is no joint custody, only sole custody. Very often, the non-custodial parent is removed from the child’s life. We’re working on statistics now, which need to be pulled together from various government numbers. Just to give you an idea, for the last 16 years, over 1.9 million children in Japan have little, one two hour supervised visit every two months at best, or no contact at all with one of their parents. It’s all too common for a child to grow up to find the parent they had been told was dead is still alive. Since I’m from the US and can lobby my government, I find this stat important. 3,257 of those 1.9 million children are half Japanese with their American parent being kept away.

    With current trending unless we can reverse it, 1/4 of the next generation of Japanese will grow up fatherless. This is a massive human rights tragedy unfolding in the nation I have devoted my life and saw my children born.


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