Every Child

Has Two Parents


Natural Parents Do Not Have Priority in Future Custody Changes


Should the custodial parent die or become incapacitated, other Japanese family members generally are given custody of the child rather than the foreign biological parent. The Civil Code of Japan allows a custodial parent who wants to prevent the other natural parent of a child from gaining custody in the future, to independently approve adoption of the child by a new spouse or a relative.  Contrary to Article 21 Paragraph (a) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this does not require the consent of the both natural parents.

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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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