Clinton urges Japan to take action on child abduction issue


Source: Japan Today

WASHINGTON —

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday pressed for action on the abductions of half-American children by their estranged Japanese partners.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, Clinton said she “urged that Japan take decisive steps so that is accedes to the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction and address outstanding cases.”

Japan is the only member of the Group of Eight industrialized powers that it not part of the 1980 convention that requires countries to return wrongfully held children to their countries of usual residence.

Mindful of international criticism, Japan has agreed in principle to sign the Hague treaty. But the move would only apply to future cases and not to the more than 120 ongoing cases in which US parents are seeking children in Japan.

Japanese courts virtually never award custody to foreign parents.

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