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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).

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.

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...]

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...]

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation Holds a
Meeting with 10 Left Behind Parents
May 16th, 2010

On Saturday the 15th of May Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Osaka held a meeting with 10 concerned parents, 2 lawyers, and a former diet member.  These parents discussed their individual cases and there hopes for the future (their future and the future of their children). This issue largely affects Japanese and foreign men but there are a number of cases involving women too. One woman can’t see her kids unless she travels to America to do it. The father is preventing the children from traveling because Japan is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of [Continue Reading...]

Japanese Supreme Court Video that No One Can See
May 2nd, 2010

Two articles concerning a secret Supreme Court Video were posted in the April 20th edition of the Japan Times. What kind of video does the Supreme Court want to keep secret? Well, this video is about divorce and what parents must consider when they live apart. How are the children affected? Kevin’s article talks about how the courts fail, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and the recent pressure from 8 nations asking Japan to sign the Hague. (Follow the link below to read the whole [Continue Reading...]

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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