Put Japan on U.S. sanctions list for parental abductions: Washington Post editorial

August 14, 2015

Source: The Japan Times

Japan should be included in a U.S. government list of the countries subject to sanctions over parental abductions, The Washington Post said in an editorial in its Wednesday online edition.

Elementary school children on field trip pose for the camera, Ritsurin-koen (garden), Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan

The U.S. newspaper cited Japan as an example of a country that does not actively address the problem of cross-border child abductions by parents after their failed marriages with U.S. citizens.

“Japan was recorded as having no unresolved cases when there are more than 50 outstanding,” the paper pointed out, noting that the Asian nation is absent in the sanctions list that currently has 22 countries.

If the U.S. Department of State “fails to call things as they are, it sends a message that nothing really needs to change after all,” the paper said, noting that it lacks “willingness to hold foreign governments to account.”

In April last year, Japan joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which sets rules for settling child custody disputes in failed international marriages. But cases that happened before then are not covered by the treaty.

Some U.S. lawmakers are calling for sanctions to be imposed on Japan as affected U.S. citizens are frustrated at Japan’s lukewarm response to the matter.

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One thought on “Put Japan on U.S. sanctions list for parental abductions: Washington Post editorial

  1. Thant you for your piece on Jspan and childhood abductions. My granddaughter Mine is such a child. When I look at her picture on my mantle with all my other smiling family members the pain of losing her for my son,her father, and for us her extended paternal family, is overwhelming . My son stayed in Japan for 12 years fighting for the right to even see his child. After a 3 year battle in Japanese courts he win the right to see her once a month for one afternoon. He soon discovered she had been told her daddy was dead. That visitation lasted 5 years before her mother made a crying 8 year old child tell him daddy I don’t want to see you anymore. It has been almost 6 years since he has seen her or even spoken with his child. Recently her father found a photo of Mine,his child, on twitter. Our family was estatic. The irony is she does not look Japanese but is the picture of our Irish- Hispanic family. We are only allowed to live her from afar with never a word of her or from her. It’s the hope in my heart. Our government doesn’t seem to care that this child is an American Citizen with a father and family that lives her. It’s hopeless and just plain sad, sad, sad!
    Gloria Lujan- Whatney
    Grandmother of Mine Fukuyama
    LA, CA

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