Every Child

Has Two Parents


The story of an Irish Dad whose children, Sean and Renee, were taken to Japan by their mother in 2008 

Read his BLOG here - http://seanandrenee.wordpress.com


My name is David Morgan. I am the proud father of two wonderful children, Sean (14) & Renee (12), whom I love very much. All pretty normal you might think, for a 43-year-old man. It is, except that I have spent less than 3 hours in the company of my son and 1 hour in the company of my daughter, in the last  3 years.
After having spent all of their school years in the Irish education system, and having essentially been raised as Irish children for 8 years, in 2008 my Japanese wife bought three one-way tickets to Japan, left Ireland, moved in with her parents in Tokyo and in the process cut me from my children’s lives and they from mine.

In the last three years, I have travelled to Japan 7 times, sought legal advice, met with Irish embassy officials, written to politicians, appealed to my wife and her parents’ better nature on numerous occasions and tried any other avenue that I thought would lead to at least me being able to speak with my children, but to no avail.

My parents and siblings have also travelled to Tokyo to try and see Sean and Renee but have also been denied access to them.

My children have essentially been abducted by their mother to Japan with her parents acting as accomplices.

You may be wondering how this could be allowed to happen to any loving parent.

Since Japan is not a signatory of the Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction, and since dual parenting in Japan is not recognised after relationship breakdown in Japan, I find myself rendered effectively powerless in having my children returned to Ireland and have no rights as the current non-custodial parent.

Sadly, I know that I am not alone, and also that this issue is not confined to foreign parents. Many Japanese parents (estimated at 160,000) and foreign parents of half-Japanese children find themselves in the same position. It’s estimated that more than 10,000 dual citizenship children living in Japan cannot see their foreign parents.

While this has been a devastating experience for me, in fact I consider myself lucky in that I know where my children are, and they are old enough to have spent their early childhood years with me. I know of parents in both the UK & USA who have had their children abducted to Japan in similar circumstances, and have no idea where they are.

As one UK father said to me: “I would not even know my own children now if I walked past them.”

I don’t intend to give up and will continue to do all that I can to have my relationship back with Sean and Renee.


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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