Child abduction agreement too late for many parents

Apr 4, 2014

Child abduction agreement too late for many parents

by Tomohiro Osaki

To some parents, Japan’s official entry Tuesday into the Hague convention on cross-border child abductions doesn’t represent the light at the end of the tunnel, but the arrival of more obstacles in the prolonged effort to retrieve their children, experts say. The Hague Convention ...

Apr 1, 2014

American fathers urge compliance

A group of U.S. fathers urged Japan on Monday to comply with the international convention for settling cross-border child custody disputes and help them and other American parents reunite with their children living in Japan. The fathers and their supporters, including a veteran congressman, ...

Feb 20, 2014

Joining the child-abduction treaty

After years of delay, Japan is preparing to accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, effective April 1. The question now is how to carry out the convention fairly and reliably for the Japanese children and parents concerned.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. House pressures countries on child abductions

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to punish countries that do not promptly return abducted children, upping pressure on an issue that has soured relations with Japan and other allies. With no dissenting votes, the House voted to create an annual report to ...

Oct 11, 2013

Congress eyes bill on abductions

A U.S. congressional panel calls for Washington to reach legal agreements with Japan and other countries to help resolve hundreds of cases of children abducted by estranged parents.