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, ...

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 ...

Apr 5, 2013

Diet opens debate on Hague Convention bills

by Ayako Mie

Amid mounting international pressure on Japan to rectify cross-border parental abductions of offspring, the House of Representatives on Thursday started deliberating bills related to joining the Hague Convention. Signing the accord was one of the pledges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made to U.S. President ...

Jan 20, 2013

Japan to join child abduction treaty

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced the government will sign the Hague Convention on cross-border parental child abductions, addressing one of the few sources of tension in Tokyo’s ties with Washington. Japan has yet to ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of ...