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Japan urged to sign accord against parental abductions

 

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It seems like the US and a few other countries are FINALLY getting serious about making Japan take responsibility in “allowing” Japanese previously in international marriages to kidnap their kid(s). Check out my previous posts on parental abductions are posted here

The United States and three other western nations Thursday urged Japan to sign an accord against parental child abductions, saying scores of children are being held in the country.

U.S., French, British and Canadian diplomats launched the rare joint appeal at a U.S. Embassy press conference, listing cases of foreign parents who have been unable to see their children in Japan after a breakup or divorce.

“We do feel a sense of urgency because the number of cases is increasing very dramatically,” said acting U.S. ambassador to Japan James Zumwalt.

“I think because we have more and more international marriages, we can expect in the future a further increase in the number of these cases.”

The United States had received reports of 73 cases of parental abductions involving 104 children in Japan, said Michele Bond, the U.S. State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for overseas citizen services.

In 29 more cases, all family members were in Japan, but the U.S. parent was denied access to a child after a separation or divorce, she said. Click here for the rest of the story. (Note: the child in the picture has not been abducted)

Click here to read the Joint Statement (English, Japanese and French languages) issued at the US Embassy Tokyo.

 

From the US Embassy webpage:

日本にハーグ条約加盟を求め、4カ国で共同記者会見
 
カナダ、フランス、英国、米国の4カ国は5月21日、在日米国大使館で「1980年国際的な子の奪取の民事面に関するハーグ条約」に関して、記者会見を行い、共同声明を発表した。その中で、4カ国は、日本に対し、同条約に加盟すること、さらに、子供と引き離された親が、子供と接触を保ち、子供を訪問することができるようにするための措置を実施することを、求めた。会見には、ジェームス・ズムワルト駐日米国臨時代理大使、ミッシェル・ボンド米国国務次官補代理、クリストフ・プノ在日フランス大使館公使、ドナルド・ボビアッシュ在日カナダ大使館公使、デーヴィッド・フィットン駐日英国大使館公使、マウラ・ハーティー児童失踪・児童虐待国際センター政策部長の6名が参加した。

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