The four hours of testimony included three experts and six left-behind parents of children abducted to several countries, including Japan. Representative Smith closed out the hearing by reading from BAC Home’s policy which was drafted in response to Japan’s announcement of intent to sign The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Here is an overview of our position. BAC Home believes the following six point policy is essential to return kidnapped American children and prevent further abductions to and within Japan.
I. Japan Must Immediately Return the Stolen Children
II. Japan Must Provide Unfettered Access to Our Precious Children
III. Japanese Must Enact Retroactive Laws
IV. Japan’s Hague Implementation Legislation must meet the spirit of The Hague
V. Japan Must Unambiguously Define the “Best Interest of the Child”
VI. Japan Must Immediately Locate Our Missing Children