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The Lower House on Thursday approved a bill needed to ratify an international treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes, making it certain the Diet will enact it this summer following Upper House deliberations.

The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction sets out the rules and procedures for promptly returning children under 16 who are taken or retained by one parent following the failure of an international marriage, to the country of their habitual residence if requested by the other parent.

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