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American Jailed in Japan, Charged with Parental Kidnapping

Last updated on October 3, 2009

Michael Hassett reported that: “There is a 21.1-percent likelihood that a man who marries a Japanese national will do the following: create at least one child with his spouse (85.2 percent probability), then divorce within the first 20 years of marriage (31 percent), and subsequently lose custody of any children (80 percent). And in a country such as Japan — one that has no visitation rights and neither statutes nor judicial precedents providing for joint custody — loss of custody often translates into complete loss of contact, depending on the desire of the mother.

Well, it looks like American Christopher Savoie, who has been jailed for trying to regain custody of his children in Japan, may drive Hassett’s point home. The Japanese police charged Savoie with the abduction of minors — a charge that carries a jail sentence of up to five years. The International Association for Parent-Child Reunion, formed in Japan this year, claims to know of more than 100 cases of children abducted by non-custodial Japanese parents. Japanese family law follows a tradition of sole custody divorces. When a couple splits, one parent typically makes a complete and lifelong break from the children. Click here for the rest of the story!

Click here for previous BT articles on parental kidnapping in Japan. Check out another video on the Savoie case here.

One Comment

  1. Mark Mark October 24, 2009

    I so would love to know where Michael Hassett got his stastics from. Having been in and out of Japan since 1978, I’ve seen many changes, especially, the growing popularity of the women marrying foreigners. Yet, when I come back here to the United States, the couples that survive are few. It seems like they all divorce their American husbands within a few years. What gives!!? I would love to be able to recite some facts to my troops when they come to me and tell me they want to marry a JN. Good grief! Who’d want that pain?

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