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Kurt Campbell, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, is hoping Japan will soon join an international convention to help resolve child custody cases involving foreign parents.

“I’m hopeful,” Campbell told a group of reporters at the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday. “I have seen a substantial change in recent months in Japanese attitudes about the parental custody and abduction issues . . . and I believe a process has begun in Japan.”

During previous visits to Japan, Campbell has repeatedly urged the government to join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

“I think Japanese friends know that signing the Hague Convention is the necessary and logical step for a proud, compassionate, law-driven country like Japan to take,” Campbell said.

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