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Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
Aug 19th, 2010

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...]

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).

In the Best Interests of the Court:
What American Lawyers Need to
Know about Child Custody
and Visitation in Japan
Jul 27th, 2010

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.

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...]

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...]

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