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Japan Agrees to Join Hague Treaty



Tokyo, May 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese cabinet ministers Thursday agreed that the country will join the Hague treaty on cross-border parental abductions of children after breakups in international marriage.
   The cabinet is set to finalize the decision on Friday.
   Prime Minister Naoto Kan is expected to announce the decision when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders of the Group of Eight major countries in France next week.
   The government plans to submit the treaty and related legislation to the next parliamentary session if things go smoothly, officials said.
   The treaty requires such children to be returned to the original nations of residence in order for the parents to settle child custody disputes under the laws of those countries.



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