Children's rights, judicial wrongs

| Feb 2, 2010

Children's rights, judicial wrongs

by Colin P.A. Jones

Last in a two-part series Parents, lawyers and activists alike understandably frame the problems of parental child abduction and parental alienation in Japan in terms of children’s rights. While it would be easy to conclude from what I wrote in last week’s column that ...

Judges fill the gaps in Japan's family law

| Jan 26, 2010

Judges fill the gaps in Japan's family law

by Colin P.A. Jones

First in a two-part series Last year was an important one for child custody issues in Japan, with growing international pressure on Japan to sign the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, and the dramatic arrest of Christopher Savoie in September for supposedly “kidnapping” ...

Too innocent for prejudice?

| Dec 22, 2009

Too innocent for prejudice?

Are kindergarteners racist? Do they discriminate between children with different skin colors? “Children are too innocent,” one Japanese mother told me in a survey of parents’ views. Her conclusion: “They do not hold racial prejudices.” As innocent as children may be, extensive research conducted ...

To gargle or not to gargle?

| Dec 15, 2009

To gargle or not to gargle?

The Web site for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contains a pandemic influenza storybook filled with personal reflections from survivors, family members and friends. One of the accounts tells the story of Art McLaughlin, who lived about 25 km east ...

| Dec 8, 2009

Ichihashi trial key test of legal reforms

by Stephen Green

In March 2007, the Japanese police came under intense scrutiny at home and abroad after Tatsuya Ichihashi escaped barefoot from under the noses of a group of officers at his apartment in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture. The body of British Nova teacher Lindsay Hawker was ...

Every husband a potential 'abuser'

| Nov 24, 2009

Every husband a potential 'abuser'

by Colin P.A. Jones

Before the Christopher Savoie case hit the news, Japanese commentators on the Hague Convention on international parental child abduction had already begun fretting over the completely unsubstantiated assertion that “almost all” instances of children being brought to Japan involve a Japanese mother fleeing from ...