Fathers of internationally kidnapped children speak on Father's Day.
In light of signs that Japan may finally sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) recently issued a formal opinion (dated February 18, 2011) on the Convention and potential issues relating to its implementation in Japanese domestic law. The opinion is available in Japanese on the JFBA website at http://www.nichibenren.or.jp/ja/opinion/report/110218.html. The concerns and recommendations identified in the Opinion are summarized below:
By The Ambassadors Of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, The United Kingdom And The United States, And The Head Of The Delegation Of The European Union To Japan
October 22, 2010
We, the Ambassadors to Japan of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States, and the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, the Deputy Heads of Mission of Spain, and the United Kingdom, and the Political Counselor of France, called on Japan’s Minister of Justice today to express our concerns over the increase of international parental abduction cases involving Japan that affect our nationals as well as Japanese citizens, and to urge Japan to ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“the Convention”).
Our children are kidnapped in Japan and we need your help to get them back home.
Washington, District of Columbia
U.S. Senator Jim M. Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, submitted a written statement for the hearing on US-Japan relations about two subjects of concern: Japan’s hesitation on relocating the U.S. Marine’s Futenma Air Station and the ever increasing abduction of children to Japan.
Senator Inhofe submits a written statement on Japanese child abductions at a Senate hearing on US-Japan relations.
Japan is a haven for international child abduction. Not once has Japan ever returned a single abducted child. Once children enter Japan they never return, making it a black hole. Currently over 375 children have been stolen off American soil and abducted to Japan. Members of BAC Home have had their children abducted and/or have been denied access to our children. Shame on Japan for abducting children from around the world. Shame on Japan.