Detractors of the country's system of sole parental authority say it promotes child "abductions," while supporters say change could exacerbate domestic abuse.
Tomohiro Osaki is a staff writer in the Domestic News Division. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, he likes to explore under-reported realities of Japanese youth, with a tendency toward the taboo.
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