• Motegi, Tochigi


Regarding the Oct. 16 article “Fukuoka cops free American who tried to get kids back“: I am glad to see coverage of this and at least the mention of Japan’s refusal to sign the Hague Convention. Japan refuses to recognize the family law of other foreign countries and allows the abduction of children if a parent is of Japanese citizenry. Many Japanese people are not aware of this, although they are very aware of the past abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korean agents.

I have lived in Japan for 19 years. My children were abducted and taken from me five years ago by my estranged wife. There could not be a father who has a more grounded relationship with his children than I had. I worked at home and took care of my daughters as a mother would. One day I went to pick them up at the bus stop, as always, and they were gone. My wife divorced me by entering divorce papers without my knowledge, claiming that I had been violent. She disappeared with my children without letting me know her whereabouts and the Japanese government protected her. Not one person ever asked me for my side of the story.

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