PARIS (Kyodo) The French Senate adopted a resolution Tuesday by an overwhelming majority urging Japan to promptly join an international convention on child custody disputes.

The resolution followed a similar one adopted last September by the U.S. House of Representatives. Japan is being urged to join the convention to help resolve cases in which foreign parents are prevented from seeing their children in Japan after failed marriages to Japanese nationals.

Earlier Tuesday, the Japanese government set up a task force to examine whether to join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

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