Tag - hague-convention



Japan Times
Dec 14, 2022
Japanese wife of French national cites lack of trust for not allowing child visitations
The Fichot case made headlines and was seen as a tragic case of a father not being able to see his children.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2021
EU envoys back Frenchman on hunger strike over Japan child custody
Japan, unlike most countries, does not recognize joint custody and children often lose contact with the noncustodial parent.
Japan Times
Jul 9, 2020
European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Wednesday urging Japan to improve its child custody rules, under which European parents in Japan have little recourse in the event of domestic child abduction by a Japanese spouse.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2020
European lawmakers chide Japan over abduction of children by a parent
European lawmakers lobbied by fathers unable to see children taken by Japanese mothers urged Tokyo on Tuesday to combat the abduction of minors by one parent and change a law that does not recognize joint custody after a split.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2020
In Japan, foreign parents lead charge against loss of child custody
A growing number of foreign nationals in Japan are speaking out against what they say is a little-known but entrenched system that allows one parent in a broken relationship to take away children and block the other from visiting them.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 13, 2019
U.S. removes Japan from blacklist of countries not complying with Hague Convention on child abduction, but 'remains highly concerned'
The U.S. Department of State has removed Japan from its list of countries said to be showing a pattern of noncompliance with the so-called Hague Convention on cross-border parental child abduction.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2019
Japan to beef up law to enable handover of children to parents with custody when the other resists
Currently, the law has no clear stipulation on such handovers, leaving court officials to rely on a clause related to asset seizure to enforce child custody orders.
Jul 23, 2018
Japanese ruling ordering mother to return son to father in U.S. finalized
A ruling by the Nagoya High Court ordering a woman to return her son to his father in the United States has been finalized, court officials said Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 18, 2018
Nagoya High Court orders mom to return son to dad in U.S., despite boy's claim 'he wants to stay in Japan'
The Nagoya High Court ordered a woman on Tuesday to return her son to his father in the United States, saying her failure to comply with an international convention on child abductions is illegal.
JAPAN / Society
May 18, 2018
U.S. cites Japan for noncompliance with Hague treaty on cross-border parental child abductions
The move may help put greater pressure on Japan to comply with the treaty, observers say.
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2018
Japan's Supreme Court orders a child be sent home in a Hague parental abduction case. Maybe.
Defanged habeas corpus grew some teeth in last month's Nagoya international custody ruling, but the problem of toothless enforcement remains.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 15, 2018
Supreme Court breaks new ground, ruling in favor of U.S.-based Japanese father in international custody battle
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of a U.S.-based Japanese father seeking to reunite with his teenage son, who was taken by his estranged wife to Japan in 2016, concluding that the wife's dogged refusal to abide by an earlier court order mandating the minor's repatriation amounts to her "illegally confining" him.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2017
Japan's Supreme Court hands down a road map for parental child abductions
The top court's latest ruling suggests judges will find ways to avoid messy Hague Convention returns that Japan lacks the means to enforce anyway.
Dec 29, 2017
Top court reverses 2016 international child custody decision
The Supreme Court reverses an Osaka High Court child-custody ruling after determining one of the spouses is no longer fit to raise children.
Japan Times
May 1, 2017
Three years after Japan signed Hague, parents who abduct still win
Despite winning return orders in court, foreign fathers are treated like offenders.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2017
Help for those seeking left-behind parents in Japan
Two adult daughters contacted Lifelines hoping to get help with issues related to their fathers.
Jan 26, 2017
Rules on handing over a child
A revision of the law governing child custody is imperative to ensure that court decisions on child transfers are enforced.
Japan Times
Apr 17, 2016
Two years after Japan signed Hague, children have been returned but old issues remain
A couple of years have passed since Japan signed the international convention on child abduction, and there is cause for celebration — and concern.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2015
Japan still carries child abduction 'black hole' stigma despite signing to Hague Convention: expert
A security expert who specializes in the safe recovery of children abducted in cross-border custody disputes is skeptical about whether Japan will ever shake its reputation as the "black hole of international parental child abduction."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 26, 2015
Custody case a test for Japan, says U.S. father seeking access to girl held by grandmother
A U.S. man seeking access to his daughter said Monday that the case is an opportunity for Japan to prove to the world it no longer tolerates parental child abduction.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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