ABC affiliate station WEAR-TV 3 is there at the airport on Friday to cover William Lake reuniting with his daughter Mary Lake who was abducted to Japan in 2005.
For the attention of the Japanese government:
Like many other court hearings that follow a divorce, a court transcript out of Tennessee reflects testimony concerning a couple’s two children:
Attorney: Ms. Savoie. … You have known all along that Dr. Savoie’s biggest fear is that you’re going to take those children to Japan and he’ll never see them again; you know that?
The U.S., Canada and four other countries have jointly urged Japan to take legal steps to ensure that parents who have removed their children after the failure of international marriages will not be preferentially treated contrary to an international treaty on cross-border child custody disputes, government officials said Tuesday.
By Simon Scott
On April 3 last year Alex Kahney’s wife, Keiko Ono, took their two daughters, Selene, 9, and Cale, 7, and abruptly moved out of the family home in the Denenchofu, the up-market Tokyo suburb where they had lived for more than seven years.
Naturally Alex, who works as a medical researcher and writer, was worried about getting access to his children, but his wife reassured him it would not be a problem.
“She said to me: ‘Don’t worry, you will always be able to see them’.”
But the following Friday his wife cancelled a camping trip he had arranged to go on with his daughters and after she failed to telephone on the Sunday as promised to arrange a visit with the kids that day, Alex become worried.
A young Iraq War veteran is in the fight of his life against his ex-wife to bring his children home.
Michael Elias, who is now a Bergen County sheriff, claims his wife kidnapped their two young children and took them to Japan.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Justice Ministry proposed Friday that children's opinions be reflected when settling cross-border child custody disputes.
The idea was contained in the ministry's draft interim proposals for domestic legislation that it is preparing for submission to a regular Diet session next year, before Japan joins an international pact related to the matter known as the Hague Convention.
TOKYO — Timing their message to coincide with Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Japan, a small but vocal group of activists marched in the streets Tuesday, urging Japan to sign an international treaty on parental child abduction.
Most of the two dozen marchers were American and other foreign fathers who have been cut off from their half-Japanese children by mothers who refuse to share custody and are shielded from doing so by current Japanese law.
WASHINGTON — The United States pressed Japan Thursday to let parents see children snatched by estranged partners, saying it would not tolerate loopholes as Tokyo moves to resolve the longtime source of tension.
WASHINGTON – Ever since Christopher Savoie was arrested in 2009 after a failed attempt to retrieve his abducted children, Japan has been overwhelmed by international pressure to resolve its ever-increasing number of abduction cases. After years of demarches and public pleas by foreign governments, Japan has finally announced its intention to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
STEPHEN LONG: It's a parent's nightmare, a couple splits up, and one parent abducts the child or children and flees overseas. There's been a spate of cases where children have been taken to Japan.
Parents whose kids were taken their without their consent say the Australian Government's failing to prevent future abductions. They say Japanese consulates are freely issuing new passports to parents who want to abduct children.
Sarah Dingle reports.
Child abductions unfortunately occur all over the world. And while some of the cases are solved, a majority of the cases are not, even when the parent knows who the abductor is – the other parent. A discouraging phenomenon in Australia has been parents, mainly Japanese, abducting the child or children back to Japan. The Australian Embassy located in Japan said in 2010, there were 13 abductions to date.
NIIGATA -- A Mexican man was found guilty and given a suspended jail term Tuesday for attempting to recover his abducted daughter last November by entering his own home, which he had been locked out of in Niigata on the Sea of Japan, and encountering resistance from the child’s grandmother who tried to prevent him from seeing his daughter. Both he and the Grandmother received minor injuries as a result of her resistance and the ensuing altercation, but the grandmother was not charged with any crime.
By Brent Richter, New West Record
It’s been 22 months since Bruce Gherbetti has seen his three children and it would be hard to pick a worse place for them to be: Fukushima, Japan.
The New Westminster man says his is a classic case of international child abduction but with the last known whereabouts of his daughters Rion, Lauren and Julia being about 45 kilometres from the disabled and still deadly nuclear reactor damaged in the March earthquake and tsunami, Gherbetti doesn’t just miss his children, he lives in constant anxiety over their safety.
A Japanese court has ruled that a Nicaraguan man in the United States can meet with his separated child from Japan for temporary family reunions, a rare decision in an international divorce dispute, attorneys involved in the matter said Friday.
The Itami branch of the Kobe Family Court handed down the judgment March 14, which both the father and mother appealed to the Osaka High Court.
IN a move that offers hope to thousands of parents who have had their children abducted by Japanese spouses, Japan has confirmed it will sign the Hague convention on child abduction.
The change comes after years of pressure from foreign governments and parents from other countries who have been denied access to their children under Japan’s archaic custody laws. A foreign-based parent is thought to have never successfully gained custody over a Japanese parent and courts in Japan do not recognise the concept of joint custody, effectively nullifying visitation rights.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Japanese officials announced Friday that the country will sign an international treaty aimed at preventing child abduction, but it could take years before the law is actually implemented in Japan, sources told Stars and Stripes.
TOKYO — Japan moved closer Friday to joining an international child-custody agreement that would give rights to non-Japanese parents involved in disputes with Japanese citizens.
Order For Ex-wife To Pay Millions Doesn’t Make Up For Time Lost With Kids, Says Franklin Father Court Rules Mom Who Took Kids To Japan Owes $6.1M
A mother who left Middle Tennessee with her two young children to live permanently in her native Japan — leaving behind an ex-husband with joint custody rights — has been ordered to pay the father $6.1 million in damages.
But Christopher J. Savoie of Franklin said the money alone is a hollow victory. He hopes the ruling will help end a battle he has waged since 2009 to bring the children home.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A judge has awarded a Tennessee man $6.1 million from his ex-wife who took their two children to Japan and never returned.
It remains unclear whether Christopher Savoie will ever actually get the money on behalf of his children, 10-year-old Isaac and 8-year-old Rebecca.
Back in 2009, the American media made a huge deal out of the case of Christopher Savoie, an “American” man whose Japanese wife “kidnapped” their children and brought them to Japan in violation of an American court order. When Savoie went to Japan and tried to reclaim his children by force, he was arrested. The Savoie case was presented as a case of an American trying to rescue his American children from an unjust country that had refused to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, OH covers Deborah Duke, a local grandma and BAC Home member.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A U.S. congressman left Tokyo on Wednesday after a whirlwind trip aimed at rallying Japanese support for an international child abduction treaty, an issue that has sparked a growing debate in Japan and abroad.