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15 June 2012 - Scottish author recounts his kids' abduction to Japan - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120615f3.html#.T96UW1LdNLo


8 June 2012 - International Marriage: Changing Japan as a safe haven for parental abductions - http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201206080014


5 June 2012 - The importance of the Hague Convention treaty for Japanese mothers - http://japandailypress.com/the-importance-of-hague-convention-treaty-for-japanese-mothers-053427


5 June 2012 - Moms here also fact custody torment - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120605f1.html#.T96a6FLr1Mg


30 May 2012 - Child Abduction Law Hope - http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2012/05/child-abduction-hague-convention/


29 May 2012 - Photos reunite left-behind parents with lost children, but only on film - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120529zg.html#.T96gOFLr1Mg


25 May 2012 - Remarks With Japanese Minister for the Abduction Issue Jin Matsubara Prior to Their Meeting - http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2012/05/190917.htm


3 May 2012 - Insight Japanese International Parental Child Abduction - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ZawoQMISU


20 April 2012 - Divorce Lawyer Blog; International Parental Child Abduction: Japan, Part IV - http://divorcelawyerconnecticut.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/international-parental-child-abduction-japan-part-iv/


April 19 2012 - Divorce Lawyer Blog; International Parental Child Abduction: Japan, Part III - http://divorcelawyerconnecticut.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/international-parental-child-abduction-japan-part-iii/


7 April 2012 - Divorce Lawyer Blog; International Parental Child Abduction: Japan, Part II - http://divorcelawyerconnecticut.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/international-parental-child-abduction-japan-part-ii/


17 April 2012 - Parental Abduction in Japan Not a Crime - http://www.babymesh.com/2012/04/parental-abduction-in-japan-not-a-crime/


Winter 2012 - American View, letter from the Consul General and Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo - http://amview.japan.usembassy.gov/e/amview-e20120201-01.html


8 February 2012 - Japan set to sign international child-custody law in March - http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/AJ201202080040


8 February 2012 - Outline approved for Hague treaty bills - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120208a4.html


8 February 2012 - Panel finalizes outline of legislation to join int'l child custody pact - http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120208p2g00m0dm021000c.html


3 February 2012 - Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Travel and Living Abroad, Japan - http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/when-things-go-wrong/child-abduction/country-specific-info/japan


26 January 2012 - Japanese Law Blog, Editorial on International Child Abduction - http://japaneselaw.blogspot.com/2012/01/editorial-on-international-child.html



25 January 2012 - Legislation on Hague pact must ensure children benefit - http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/T120124005284.htm


24 January 2012 - Forced returns eyed for Hague bill - http://www.japantimes.cojp/text/nn20120124a3.html


24 January 2012 - Japan panel outlines conditions for rejecting handover of children to overseas spouses - http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120124p2a00m0na020000c.html


23 January 2012 - Foreign minister to handle parental abductions - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120123a1.html


23 January 2012 - Japan Courts May Force Child Returns to Ex-Partners: Draft - http://www.rachijapan.com/japan-courts-may-force-child-returns-to-ex-partners-draft/



21 January 2012 - Child-snatchers, A dark side to family life in Japan - http://www.economist.com/node/21543193


19 January 2012 - Parental abduction in Japan: Child-snatchers - http://www.10percentmonthly.info/parental-abduction-in-japan-child-snatchers/


18 January 2012 - Child abduction issue should be key concern in Japan-U.S. relations - http://injapan.gaijinpot.com/live/family-schools/2012/01/18/child-abduction-issue-should-be-key-concern-in-japan-u-s-relations/


15 January 2012 - Maryland Man Tries to Regain Custody of Daughter in Japan - http://www.petersdivorcelaw.com/blog/2012/01/maryland-man-tries-to-regain-custody-of-daughter-in-japan.shtml


15 January 2012 - Child abduction issue should be key concern in Japan-U.S. relations - http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/child-abduction-issue-should-be-key-concern-in-japan-u-s-relations




22 November 2011 - Japanese parent abduction case could serve as benchmark - http://www.virginiafamilylawlawyer.com/2011/11/japanese-parent-abduction-case-could-serve-as-benchmark.shtml


9 November 2011 - Father of Three Internationally Abducted Children Illegally Taken To Japan Inspires Parents Everywhere According To The I CARE Foundation - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/11/prweb8949866.htm


02 November 2011 - U.S. Arrest Japanese Child Abduction Case - http://www.internationalfamilylawfirm.com/2011/11/us-arrest-in-japanese-child-abduction.html



Old, but significant as it is directly from the government of Japan, and it is asking for public opinion on international child abductions and whether or not it should be illegal.:

Invitation of Public Comments Regarding the Modality of the Central Authority for the Implementation of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (The Hague Convention) -http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/announce/2011/9/0930_01.html



Clinton's Responses to Congressman Chris Smith's Questions on Japanese Child Abductions - www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAR1SIYAveQ





Really old, but important:

28 July 2011 - International Parental Child Abduction - http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2011/07/169210.htm


23 September 2011 - Left-behind fathers urge U.S. to push Japan to sign Hague treaty - http://www.stripes.com/news/left-behind-fathers-urge-u-s-to-push-japan-to-sign-hague-treaty-1.152943


22 September 2011 - President Obama praises Japan's efforts to sign the Hague Convention - http://leejaywalker.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/22/7909585-president-obama-praises-japans-efforts-to-sign-the-hague-convention    also on:


23 September 2011 - President Obama praises Japan's efforts to sign the Hague Convention - http://moderntokyotimes.com/2011/09/23/president-obama-praises-japan-and-its-effort-to-sign-the-hague-convention/


21 September 2011 - Int'l child abduction may be worse than official numbers let on - http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/09/21/intl-child-abduction-may-be-worse-than-official-numbers-let-on/


16 September 2011 - Americans start Tokyo protests over Japanese child abductions - http://www.cobbcountydivorcelawfirm.com/2011/09/americans-start-tokyo-protests-over-japanese-child-abductions.shtml



9 September 2011 - Japan accused of stalling on treaty to end child abductions: Part I - http://www.familyattorneylawrenceville.com/2011/09/japan-accused-of-stalling-on-treaty-to-end-child-abductions-part-i.shtml


9 September 2011 - Japan: Parental Child Abduction On The Rise - http://exchangeforrates.com/exchange-rates/japan-parental-child-abductions-on-the-rise/


7 September 2911 - ABC-AU Brand New Story on Japan and Child Abductions - http://letterstomysons.com/2011/09/07/abc-au-brand-new-story-on-japan-and-child-abductions/


5 September 2011 - Japan: parental child abductions on the rise - http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/110825/abduction-japan-child-border-us-uk


27 August 2011 - Fathers protest in Japan to pressure country to sign Hague Treaty - http://www.sandiegocountyfamilylawattorney.com/2011/08/fathers-protest-in-japan-to-pressure-country-to-sign-hague-treaty.shtml


23 August 2011 - Left-behind fathers urge U.S. to push Japan to sign Hague treaty - http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/left-behind-fathers-urge-u-s-to-push-japan-to-sign-hague-treaty-1.152943


20 May 2011 - Japan to sign Hague treaty, but implementation could be years away - http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/japan-to-sign-hague-treaty-but-implementation-could-be-years-away-1.144043


26 May 2011 – NJ Rep. Chris Smith’s bill:  Punish countries that harbor kidnappers - http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2011/05/26/news/doc4ddde31298006255765586.txt

20 May 2011 – Japan to sign child abduction convention - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/japan-to-sign-child-abduction-convention/story-e6frg6so-1226059245048

20 May 2011 – Japan Closer to Giving Rights to Foreign Parents - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/21/world/asia/21japan.html

7 May 2011 – How did Japan Become a Haven for Child Abductions? - http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2056454,00.html

20 April 2011 – Exploring the crisis of international child abductions: part I - http://www.familyattorneylawrenceville.com/2011/04/exploring-the-crisis-of-international-child-abductions-part-i.shtml

20 April 2011 – Lawsuit accuses airline of ignoring ‘known parental kidnapping problem endemic to Japan’ - http://www.divorcelawyertarrantcounty.com/2011/04/lawsuit-accuses-airline-of-ignoring-known-parental-kidnapping-problem-endemic-to-japan.shtml

20 April 2011 – JAL and H.I.S. Sued in Parental Kidnapping Case - http://www.blacktokyo.com/?p=7817

17 April 2011 – USA: Dad sues Japan Airlines over international parental abduction - http://globaljusticeinitiative.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/usa-dad-sues-japan-airlines-over-international-parental-abduction/

 6 April 2011 – Bittersweet reunion with abducted daughter - http://ifallsjournal.com/news/about-local-folks/bittersweet-reunion-abducted-daughter-katie-kolt-hall-staff-writer-104

 8 March 2011 – Japan ‘a haven for international child abduction’ - http://japan.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/03/08/japan-a-haven-for-international-child-abduction/

 7 March 2011 – New Jersey rep. seeks to end Japanese child abduction problem - http://www.morriscountyfamilylawattorney.com/2011/03/new-jersey-rep-seeks-to-end-japanese-child-abduction-problem.shtml

6 March 2011 – The Black Hole Abyss of Japan - http://moderntokyotimes.com/2011/03/06/the-black-hole-abyss-of-japan/

1 March 2011 – Solving parental child abduction problem no piece of cake - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20110301zg.html

15 February 2011 – A Father’s Plea: Desperate Effort to Return American Children Abducted to Japan - http://abcnews.go.com/International/american-children-abducted-japan-desperate-fathers-contact-children/story?id=12919762

11 February 2011 – Child abduction in Japan is a major problem - http://moderntokyotimes.com/2011/02/11/child-abduction-in-japan-is-a-major-problem/

1 February 2011 – The Child Abduction Debate - http://the-diplomat.com/tokyo-notes/2011/02/01/the-child-abduction-debate/

25 February 2011 - Japan Times - March hearings with experts, bar group to mull Hague treaty - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110225x2.html


23 February 2011 - Lawyer press for child's best interest under int'l custody pact - http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/lawyers-press-for-childs-best-interest-under-intl-custody-pact


22 February 2011 - Child custody, parental child abductions and Japan Part 2 - http://www.lexingtonscfamilylawattorney.com/2011/02/child-custody-parental-child-abductions-and-japan---part-2.shtml


9 February 2011 - US, EU press Japan over parental child abductions - http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110209/pl_afp/japanusrightschildrenkidnappolitics


18 February 2011 - Part II: child custody abductions to Japan - http://www.bergencountyfamilylawlawyer.com/2011/02/part-ii-child-custody-abductions-to-japan.shtml


17 February 2011 - Part I child abductions to Japan - http://www.bergencountyfamilylawlawyer.com/2011/02/part-i-child-custody-abductions-to-japan.shtml


18 February 2011 - Child custody, parental child abductions and Japan Part I - http://www.lexingtonscfamilylawattorney.com/2011/02/child-custody-parental-child-abductions-and-japan---part-1.shtml


15 February 2011 - 300 Kidnapped American Children In Japan - http://bringseanhome.org/wordpress/2011/02/15/american-children-kidnapped/


15 February 2011 - The Desperate Attempt to Get Back American Children Abducted to Japan - http://news1.capitalbay.com/top-stories/popular-top-stories/the_desperate_attempt_to_get.html


14 February 2011 - Update:  Japan and the Growing Problem of Intl. Child Abductions - http://www.denverfamilylawyerblog.com/2011/02/update-japan-and-the-growing-problem-of-intl-child-abductions.shtml


14 February 2011 - Japan urged to take swift action in fight against international child abduction - http://www.divorcelawyertarrantcounty.com/2011/02/japan-urged-to-take-swift-action-in-fight-against-international-child-abduction.shtml


10 February 2011 - Ambassadors push Japan to join Hague treaty on child abduction - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110210a5.html


10 February 2011 - US, EU press Japan over parental child abductions - http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\10\story_10-2-2011_pg4_7


9 February 2011 - Western Powers Press Japan on Child Abduction Treaty - http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/02/09/western-powers-press-japan-on-child-abduction-treaty/


9 February 2011 - Japan urged to address child abduction - http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=News&id=548139182


9 February 2011 - US, EU press Japan over parental child abductions (AFP) - http://www.bayoubuzzcom/Asia/us-eu-press-japan-over-parental-child-abductions-afp.html


9 February 2011 - Joining Hague in children's best interest, U.S. adviser says - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/nn20110209a5.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+japantimes_news+%28The+Japan+Times+Headline+News+-+News+%26+Business%29


9 February - Joint Press Statement on the issue of international parental abduction - http://www.deljpn.ec.europaeu/modules/media/news/2011/110209.html?ml_lang=en


4 February 2011 - US envoy to Japan, S. Korea on child abductions - http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110204/pl_afp/usjapanskoreakyrgyzstanrightschildrenkidnap_20110204233753


3 February 2011 - Survey shows divided views on Japan's signing of child custody pact - http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110203p2g00m0dm035000c.html


3 February 2011 - US presses Japan to act soon on child abduction cases - http://bionicbong.com/japan/news/presses-japan-act-child-abduction-cases/


3 February 2011 - Japan urged to act soon on child abductions - http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/japan-urged-act-soon-child-abductions


1 February 2011 - The Child Abduction Debate - http://the-diplomat.com/tokyo-notes/2011/02/01/the-child-abduction-debate/


31 January 2011 - Eight countries press Japan on parental abductions - http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/79401.php


26 January 2011 - Japan Sets Up Task Force As France Adds Pressure On Parental Abduction - http://www.richardyung.fr/revue-de-presse-senat/2331-japan-sets-up-task-force-as-france-adds-pressure-on-parental-abduction.html


17 January 2011 - The Mainichi Daily News - Japan, U.S. agree to start work on setting new strategic goals - http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110107p2g00m0in021000c.html


16 January 2011 - CNN - Parents plea for end to parental abductions in Japan - http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/01/16/japan.parental.abductions/


From the Travel.State.Gov website: 


7 January 2011 - Japan and International Parental Child Abduction - http://travel.state.gov/abduction/country/country_5227.html


and another new page from the gov?  http://www.travel.state.gov/abduction/country/country_501.html

one more:  http://www.travel.state.gov/abduction/abduction_580.html

another Govt. site has What's New - http://travel.state.gov/abduction/about/whatsnew/whatsnew_3859.html


5 January 2011 - The Marks Law Firm, LLC Divorce Blog - State Department Expected to Raise Pressure in Int't Child Abduction Cases - http://www.saintlouisdivorceblog.com/2011/01/state-department-expected-to-raise-pressure-in-intl-child-abduction-cases.shtml


4 January 2011 - Dr. Phil Message Boards - Parental Abductions - http://community.drphil.com/boards/?EntryID=20297&SubCategoryID=83



23 December 2010 - The Japan Times Online - U.S. may up child custody pressure - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20101223f1.html


20 December 2010 - HJP Family Law Blog - New Jersey Congressman Advocates for Bill that would Aid Return of Children - http://www.newjerseyfamilylawattorneyblog.com/2010/12/new-jersey-congressman-advocates-for-bill-that-would-aid-return-of-children.shtml




15 December 2010 - Ralph A. Kerns & Associates blog - Parents Left Behind in International Child Abductions, Part 3 - http://www.columbusdivorceblog.com/




9 December 2010 - Zuber Law P.C. Blog - India, Japan and the Growing Problem of Intl. Child Abductions - http://www.denverfamilylawyerblog.com/2010/12/india-japan-and-the-growing-problem-of-intl-child-abductions.shtml


9 December 2010 - Japan Today - Savoie's suit against judge dismissed in child abduction - http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/savoies-suit-against-judge-dismissed-in-child-abduction


  1. -December 10, 2010 - Mainichi Daily News, - Japan, India pressed to curb child abduction    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/news/20101210p2g00m0fe105000c.html

  2. -December 6, 2010 -

- November 12: Child's abduction shows need for Japan to sign accord -   http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/11/12/1421354/childs-abduction-shows-need-for.html

  1. -November 10: Law Blog - Strategize with Attorney Keith F. Simpson - http://lacountyfamilylaw.com//2010/11/10/international_parental_abdcution_to_japan/

- November 3rd: LAW BLOG  Japan Facing Intl. Pressure to Sign Child Abduction Treaty - http://www.divorcelawyertarrantcounty.com/2010/11/japan-facing-intl-pressure-to-sign-child-abduction-treaty.shtml

- November 2, 2010, Collection of Nations Urge Japan to Sign Intl. Child Custody Treaty - http://www.zimbio.com/International+Child+Abduction/articles/TdtCGXv-_-c/Collection+Nations+Urge+Japan+Sign+Intl+Child

- October 31st, 2010 - Bellevue, WA Dad’s Child Abducted to Japan - http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/?p=10878

-October 28th, 2010 - Bellevue mother accused of stealing son to Japan - http://www.seattlepi.com/local/429213_japan28.html

- October 26th, 2010-   Japan's Minister of Justice requested that Japan make efforts to tide international child abduction -

-October 22nd, 2010 - Western countries and Japan issued joint statement against international parental abduction cases involving Japan that affect our nationals as well as Japanese citizens - http://www.isria.com/pages/26_October_2010_395.php

- October 10th, 2010 - Joint Press Statement on International Parental Abduction - http://www.deljpn.ec.europa.eu/modules/media/news/2010/101022c.html?ml_lang=en

-October 7th, 2010 - Campbell hopeful Japan will join convention on Parental Abduction    http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/campbell-hopeful-japan-will-join-convention-on-parental/387959.html

-October 6th 2010 - Breaking the Impasse over Child Abduction - http://www.fcnp.com/commentary/national/7499-breaking-the-impasse-over-child-abduction-.html

-October 5th, 2010 -Jordan’s UK family law - US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CALLS ON JAPAN TO ADDRESS CHILD ABDUCTIONS  http://www.familylaw.co.uk/articles/Japan051010

- October 4th, 2010 - Father William Lake discussed on Florida’s  ABC 3  - Wear TV     http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wear_vid_11292.shtml

-October 1st, 2010 - U.S. pressures Japan on custody - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20101001a2.html

-October 1st, 2010 - Congressman Chris Smith:  Stop Japanese abductions of American kids - http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2010/10/01/news/doc4ca6a0e26fc0e461332825.txt -

- September 30th, 2010 - U.S. House condemns the 'abduction and retention' of American-born kids by Japanese parents. CNN's Kyung Lah reports. - http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2010/09/30/lah.japan.us.child.abduction.cnn.html


-September 30th, 2010 - Stars & Stripes: House calls for U.S.-Japan SOFA change on parental child abduction - http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/house-calls-for-u-s-japan-sofa-change-on-parental-child-abduction-1.120145

-September 29th, 2010 - U.S. House demands Japanese action on parental abduction - http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2010/09/45721.html

-September 28th, 2010 - Behind the facade of family law - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20100928zg.html

-September 24th 2010 - US Congress Close to a Vote on H. Res. 1326, Condemning Japan for Child Abduction - http://www.prurgent.com/2010-09-24/pressrelease121137.htm

-September 24th, 2010 - Resolution 1326 set for a full House vote September 28th, 2010 - http://www.prurgent.com/2010-09-24/pressrelease121142.htm

- September 20th, 2010 - International Family Law Blog’s David Hobson: Japanese Family Law http://www.familylaw.co.uk/articles/DavidHodson210910

-May 18th, 2010: Child custody treaty case splits Supreme Court on new lines - http://familylaw.typepad.com/family_law_news/2010/05/child-custody-treaty-case-splits-supreme-court-on-new-lines-.html#tp

-May 5th, 2010: Representative Jim Moran, Press Report on Resolution 1326: http://moran.house.gov/list/press/va08_moran/JapanAbduction.shtml

-March 8th, 2010: JAPAN ignores Child Abduction because of Racism http://themoderntokyotimes.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/japan-ignores-child-abduction-because-of-racism/

-February 1, 2010:  Japan Urged to sign international abduction treaty - http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2010/02/japan-urged-to-sign-international-child.php


News From Years Prior to 2010 Can Be Found Here

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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