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Hague convention agreement on child abduction... Japan comes up short

Unread post by allblacks » Fri May 05, 2017 6:24 pm

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2 ... Qwr0yemrqA
Three years have passed since Japan became a signatory to the Hague Convention, which is designed to ensure the timely return of children to their country of residence after abduction by one parent to another member country.

The Foreign Ministry’s Hague Convention Division is quick to point out that of the requests to repatriate children from Japan made in the first two years after signing the convention, about 90 percent have been resolved. But the details of how these cases were “resolved” are less clear, as judgments are not published and the ministry will not comment on specific cases.

According to the ministry, of the 68 requests to return children to a foreign country under the convention in the past three years, 18 have resulted in returns. Twelve more requests were “dismissed,” 19 have been “settled not to return the child to a foreign state” and another 19 cases are still open. In other words, just under 30 percent of requests for the return of children made in the past three years have resulted in children leaving Japan.
Later on this goes on to say that multiple loop holes have been used by officials to get out of the Hague requirements. This includes basically accusing the non Japanese parent of being an abuser etc.

Can't imagine the pain the guys in the article are going through. No seeing your own kids due to someone breaking law then having kids brainwashed against you? Basically zero consequences for Japanese due non enforcement.

Who is at fault here? The only conclusion can be Japanese politicians and government.
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Re: Hague convention agreement on child abduction... Japan comes up short

Unread post by senseiman » Mon May 08, 2017 12:37 pm

allblacks wrote:
Fri May 05, 2017 6:24 pm
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2 ... Qwr0yemrqA
Three years have passed since Japan became a signatory to the Hague Convention, which is designed to ensure the timely return of children to their country of residence after abduction by one parent to another member country.

The Foreign Ministry’s Hague Convention Division is quick to point out that of the requests to repatriate children from Japan made in the first two years after signing the convention, about 90 percent have been resolved. But the details of how these cases were “resolved” are less clear, as judgments are not published and the ministry will not comment on specific cases.

According to the ministry, of the 68 requests to return children to a foreign country under the convention in the past three years, 18 have resulted in returns. Twelve more requests were “dismissed,” 19 have been “settled not to return the child to a foreign state” and another 19 cases are still open. In other words, just under 30 percent of requests for the return of children made in the past three years have resulted in children leaving Japan.
Later on this goes on to say that multiple loop holes have been used by officials to get out of the Hague requirements. This includes basically accusing the non Japanese parent of being an abuser etc.

Can't imagine the pain the guys in the article are going through. No seeing your own kids due to someone breaking law then having kids brainwashed against you? Basically zero consequences for Japanese due non enforcement.

Who is at fault here? The only conclusion can be Japanese politicians and government.
One of the people quoted in the article is a friend of mine (one of two people I know who are divorced from Japanese spouses and denied access to their children), its a total travesty. Having your kids taken away when you have done nothing to deserve it (both my friends are good fathers) is a form of extreme cruelty. Sadly there doesn't seem to be much impetus in the government to solve this, now that they have implemented the Hague Convention in form (as opposed to in substance), its not seen as a priority.
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Re: Hague convention agreement on child abduction... Japan comes up short

Unread post by Shawn » Mon May 08, 2017 2:21 pm

What a gut-wrenching situation. So, how does it work when one parent wants to take the kids back to the home country for a visit? Does the non-accompanying parent need to provide a letter as proof that the marriage fine and the kids are not being abducted?

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Re: Hague convention agreement on child abduction... Japan comes up short

Unread post by allblacks » Mon May 08, 2017 10:41 pm

Good question Shawn. In the guy from the UKs case it would seem he did that to get them out of the country. Otherwise how would it have happened?
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