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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...]

Father in Tokyo Needs Help Finding His
Abducted Boys
Jul 8th, 2010

A father would like to request your help in finding his two sons, who will be 10 and 7 this year. Here’s a brief summary of what he told IAPCR: I have been in Japan for nearly 20 years (married for 17), and I filed for divorce in January when I could no longer accept my wife’s increasing abuse of my three children (I have a daughter who just turned 13). My wife has also been in an ongoing affair since 2007. My wife and I began mediation, and at the end of March, she suddenly abducted all three children [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...]

Great Story about a 5th Grader Making
a Difference
Jun 11th, 2010

Craig Morrey told me a great story about a 5th Grader making a difference. The following is what Craig said: When raising my severely disabled son alone while fighting in a dysfunctional court system to defend my daughter’s rights to be with her father and brother seems overwhelming, I remind myself of Einstein’s quote- “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”. Focusing on the opportunity my family was given, I chose to publicly share our story to raise awareness of the critical need to reform Japanese Family Courts. I was exceptionally pleased, not to mention quite surprised, when Leena [Continue Reading...]

Kevin Brown Speaks at a Study Session in Kyoto
May 14th, 2010

Okayonet-Kansai sponsored a study session related to reforming Japanese Family Law. Kevin Brown (an Oyako-net member) spoke about his case, recent developments in the States, and what he feels needs to be done to change the Family Law in Japan. His speech was in English but it was translated sentence by sentence for the Japanese audience. Kevin’s ex lives in Kumamoto and has severely limited his visitation. He travels 11 hours one way (when he is lucky enough) to visit his son, Isaac. His ex has cut off visitation 3 different times for extended periods of time. Kevin worries about [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...]

Left Behind Parents Meet with US Embassy Officials in Tokyo on April 19, 2010
Apr 22nd, 2010

Summary: The meeting focused on the recent symposium on the Hague sponsored by 8 foreign nations and held at the Canadian Embassy.  Additionally, LBPs talked about recent study sessions/meetings sponsored by a Diet member on changing Japan’s family laws. Report: The meeting began with an introduction by each LBP because 2 new Embassy staff attended the meeting for first time.  Discussions then moved to the recent symposium on the Hague sponsored by 8 foreign nations and held at the Canadian Embassy.  Each country invited their own experts to speak at the 2-day event, including William Duncan, the deputy secretary general [Continue Reading...]

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