U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday urged Japan to sign the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and thus resolve a long- running problem.
Good afternoon, I want to sincerely thank my Congressman, Jim Moran, and Congressman Smith for their tireless efforts on behalf of all our abducted children, and for introducing this resolution on such a significant day in Japan, Children’s Day. My name is Douglass Berg, I am a veteran of the Armed Forces, and loving father of Gunnar (10 years old) and Kianna (9 years old) Berg who have been abducted to Japan.
Thank you, Representative Moran, Representative Smith and other Honourable Members of Congress, for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today on behalf of my children, and on behalf of many other victims of parental abduction to Japan.My name is Christopher Savoie and I am a father. I am the proud, doting father of two beautiful children— my son, Isaac is 9 years old, and my daughter, Rebecca, is 7.
By Ken Connelly
WASHINGTON – Congressman James Moran (D-VA), along with two other representatives introduced House Resolution 1326, condemning Japan over its blatant disregard for human rights in the matter of parentally abducted children. For over 58 years, Japan has failed to return a single child detained unlawfully and in violation of United States courts.
On the FBI’s Web site there is a section for “parental kidnapping,” listing parents, including Japanese women, wanted for allegedly kidnapping their own children.
Christopher Savoie is interviewed on NBC's Today Show regarding the abduction of his children, BAC Home, and the resolution being introduced in Congress condemning the actions of Japan in regards to child abductions (H. Res 1326).
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A congressional resolution introduced Tuesday is calling on the secretary of defense to alter the status of forces agreement with Japan to assist service members whose children have been kidnapped and taken to Japan.
U.S. lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives Wednesday
that condemns Japan for being an international haven for child abductors.
BAC Home (Bring Abducted Children Home) met with Congressman James Moran (D-VA), along with other representatives to promote House Resolution 1326. H. Res.1326 demands that Japan recognize American children unlawfully abducted by a parent to Japan.
William Lake describes International Child Abduction and the problems we are experiencing with Japan. His daughter was abducted to Japan in August of 2005. No one in his or his ex-wife’s family is Japanese, but his child is not being returned.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Navy Cmdr. Paul Toland hadn't been allowed to see his daughter for more than six years because of a family law system in Japan that draws international criticism. So last year he undertook an act of desperation, flying nearly 7,000 miles to greet his daughter on a Japanese street corner, knowing the surprise meeting would only last a few seconds.
From the Editor
Konnichiwa. I hope you all enjoyed a nice holiday season with your families. My name is Ray Baca, and I am the Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. I am happy to be the guest editor for this issue of "American View," which focuses on child abduction and custody issues.