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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 Barack Obama at their summit in February to bolster the Japan-U.S. alliance. The bills are expected to clear the Diet in the coming weeks with approval from the opposition.

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