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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...]

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cherie
Booth Join Forces to Support the
Launch of a Worldwide Project
Against International Child Abduction
Aug 8th, 2010

Eleven years ago (April of 1999), First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cherie Booth, the wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were the principal guest speakers at the launch of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). It was a new British-American initiative to find missing children worldwide and to stamp out cross-border child abduction. Secretary Clinton has finally spoken about our issue (her issue?) but she has not spoken with passion. One would think this issue is still important to her but we have not seen any significant progress over the last year even though Secretary Clinton [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).

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

U.S. resolution condemns Japan
May 12th, 2010

By ERIC JOHNSTON Staff writer OSAKA — U.S. lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives Wednesday that condemns Japan for being an international haven for child abductors. See main article here

Study Session about Reforming Japanese Family Law
Apr 29th, 2010

On Sunday the 25th of April a study session related to reforming family law was held in Kyoto. The study session was sponsored by Oyako-net Kansai. The keynote speaker was Mr. Nonoyama a lawyer who practices in the Kansai area. Nonoyama sensei is good friends with Tanase sensei (another lawyer based in Tokyo) who is also interested in reforming family law in Japan. One of the first things Nonoyama sensei said was it is too easy to get a divorce in Japan. You only have to sign a sheet of paper to get a divorce. There are no requirements (as [Continue Reading...]

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