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OSAKA — U.S. President Barack Obama may take up Japan’s refusal to sign the 1980 Hague Convention on parental child abductions when he meets with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Friday, two Americans involved with the issue said.

Parental child abductions generally refer to cases in which an estranged spouse takes children away from their home, or country of residence, and refuses to return them, in many cases defying court orders in the home country.

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