Richard Cory

For Richard Cory's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 13, 2011

Cory settles: the end of the story?

Writing under the pseudonym Richard Cory over the past two years, I have provided The Japan Times with an exclusive, inside account of my marital breakdown, my wife’s subsequent disappearance with my three children, my rescue of my daughter, and my continuing efforts to ...

Left-behind dads take desperate measures

| Oct 4, 2011

Left-behind dads take desperate measures

“In September of 2010, The Japan Times published a two-part series by a man under the pen name Richard Cory telling the extraordinary tale of his divorce and custody battles over his three children with his Japanese ex-wife . . . essentially custody by ...

Behind the facade of family law

| Sep 28, 2010

Behind the facade of family law

Last in a two-part series In mid-April, 12-year-old Michiko Watanabe, as she was now being called, found herself in a precarious situation. Earlier, her mother had clearly let her child know that she would no longer consider herself Michiko’s mother if Michiko ever attempted ...

Battling a broken system

| Sep 21, 2010

Battling a broken system

First in a two-part series In July, Tokyo’s family court granted me, an American, physical custody (kangoken) of my 13-year-old daughter exactly 120 days after she was abducted by my Japanese wife, a lifelong public servant employed as a teacher at a state school ...

The fatally flawed math of risking it all in Japan

| Nov 3, 2009

The fatally flawed math of risking it all in Japan

Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim. “Richard Cory,” a poem first published in 1897 by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edwin Arlington Robinson, begins by ...