Every Child

Has Two Parents


Arudo Debito releases first fictional story of Parental Abduction.              

“In Appropriate” available now -





Gary Schmidt, a small-town American boy, meets a Japanese girl in college and follows her to Japan to start a family.  Little does he know that her conservative Japanese clan has hidden agendas and secret intentions.  Gary eventually realizes that he must escape their clutches – and convince his family to do the same before it's too late!  

IN APPROPRIATE is a book about child abductions in Japan, where after a divorce, a non-Japanese man comes back to Japan to retrieve his children back to America.  Although a work of fiction, it is an amalgam of several true stories of divorce and Left-Behind Parents in Japan.


  1. "ARUDOU Debito's depiction of how quickly life gets turned upside down by the crazy family rules in Japan will do more than just grab your attention.  It will make you cry at the strange and deplorable tale of love lost in Japan.  IN APPROPRIATE sheds necessary light on the twisted norms and laws in Japan that not only allow, but also encourage parents to abduct their children from one another.  A must-read primer on the issue." -- Eric Kalmus, Children's Rights Network Japan (www.crnjapan.net), and Left-Behind Parent.

  1. "ARUDOU Debito, or David Aldwinckle as I know him, has written an unbelievable novel called IN APPROPRIATE.  I say 'unbelievable' because if you haven't experienced a divorce in Japan, you would simply not believe this sort of thing could happen.  Drawing on true stories, Debito has managed to weave together a heartbreaking tale around the injustice that sadly exists in modern Japan.  Perhaps this will be a legacy for those of us who lived through this experience, and for our children who suffered under this system."  -- John Evans,

          Left-Behind Parent


(NB:  The author suggests that readers who are not aesthetically wedded to paper-bound books consider downloading electronic versions online.  It's far cheaper, more ecologically friendly, and you get a copy within minutes.  This is the future of publishing.  Give it a try.)

If you would like to order a copy of IN APPROPRIATE, you have several options:

1) PAPERBACK VERSION FROM AMAZON and other online stores (at prices they assess)
You will soon be able to order a paperbound copy via Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.  This may take a few weeks to come online.  I will have links to Amazon etc. here as they become available.

AVAILABLE NOW.  Lulu.com has a site devoted to this book, from which you can order immediately as a print on demand paperbound copy (more ecologically sound than traditional first-run printing systems, with no stocks to take care of).  Click below to purchase:

AVAILABLE NOW.  If you are not hidebound to actual paper books, you can download one as a pdf from Lulu.com and read it on your computer screen (information about reading platforms and Adobe Digital Editions software available here for free). Click below to purchase:

4) EBOOK (at USD$10.00)
This will be downloadable at Lulu.com soon, as soon as it is converted to epub format (it takes a while), as well as downloadable from Amazon and other iBookstores, for reading on your iPad, Kindle, etc.

5) REGULAR BOOKSTORES (at prices they assess).  
The book has an ISBN (978-1-257-02640-1), so it can be ordered from any brick-and-mortar bookstore.  Take the number to the clerk and put it on order.


The information on this website concerns a matter of public interest, and is provided for educational and informational purposes only in order to raise public awareness of issues concerning left-behind parents. Unless otherwise indicated, the writers and translators of this website are not lawyers nor professional translators, so be sure to confirm anything important with your own lawyer.

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