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Saturday August 29th 2009

KNET / Oyako-net - Joint Custody Demonstration


August 18, 24.  There was a protest at the opening and closing of the documentary "The Megumi Yokota Story" at the ARC Light theatre in LA.  There were banners in both English and Japanese about the hypocrisy of Japan's complaints, when Japan itself will not return children abducted to Japan by Japanese citizens with outstanding arrest warrants for child abduction.  (The details page has pictures and a summary of events from the protest.)

August 18-19, 2006Japanese left-behind parents will travel to the top of Mt Fuji to "Call out for love from the top of Japan." Non-Japanese are heartily invited to join this trip.  (The details page has some pictures from this event.)

May 20, 2006.  Its year number three for Stefan Born's Children's Rights protest at the Japan festival in Düsseldorf Germany.  Stefan has a website dedicated to these ongoing protests against Japanese family law.  He will be handing out Japanese and English versions of several articles that have recently appeared in Japan.

December 3, 2005.  Seminar on the Hague Convention and International Child Abduction   This event, on Saturday December 3, 2005 will bring together Consular officers from 35 Embassies in Japan, visiting diplomatic officers, NGOs, officials from the Japanese government, parents, lawyers, and mental health professionals to discuss issues related to international child abduction.

May 28, 2005.  For second year in a row, Stefan Born and left behind parents hold a Children's Rights protest at the Japan festival in Düsseldorf Germany.  Stefan has a website dedicated to these ongoing protests against Japanese family law.

May 5, 2004 and June 5, 2004.  Left behind father Stefan Born held protest demonstrations on 5 May 2004 (Japan's Children's Day :  “Kodomo no hi" ) in front of the Japanese Consulate General and on “Japan day”, 5 June 2004 near the Rhine river in Düsseldorf. Details and pictures of these Japan Children's Day demonstrations in Germany.

March 11, 2004.  Father's Website, Mark Smith (CRN Japan webmaster), and CRC Japan held a joint press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo to explain and illustrate the Japanese phenomenon of Legal De-facto Child Abduction.  See the Press page for more information and reports from this event.

December 6, 2003 (Saturday);  Seminar on Children's and Parental Rights in Japan: How Japan Supports International Abduction and Discriminates Against Foreign Parents; 14:00 - 17:00.  This seminar, co-sponsored by CRC/CRN Japan, United for a Multicultural Japan (UMJ) and JapanWithKids.org, featured a presentation by David Brian Thomas, a founder of CRC Japan as well Yamila Castellanos, profiled here, who is currently fighting in Family Court for her daughter who was abducted from Cuba by her spouse.  Summary of this event is here.

November 3, 2003.  Town Hall meeting about International Abduction for US Citizens.  There will be a "Town Hall" meeting in San Francisco on November 3, 2003 for U.S. parents with children who are victims of international child abduction. Prior registration is required and must be made by October 10 by calling 202-736-9124, fax 202-736-9133 or email askci@state.gov. For those who can travel to San Francisco for this, it offers opportunities to have your voice heard, network with others (especially other parents with the same issues), and gather information and ideas. This information comes from the U.S. State Department, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Maura Harty.

November 6-8, 2003. Children's Rights Council's 14th National Conference. "Effecting Positive Outcomes for Children: Assisting Separated, Divorced and Never-Married Parents" Ramada Inn, Hanover, Maryland Register now at www.gocrc.com Presentations include topics such as re-entry of a parent into a child's life, mediation techniques, trends and outlook in custody law reform, parental alienation syndrome, and implementing neutral drop-off and pick-up sites and supervised access sites. While much of this conference has a U.S. perspective, there are many aspects that can be universally applied.

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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