Child Abduction in Japan, and Family Laws
Posted 1/31/14
I came across this really interesting video called Why Estranged Spouses Take Kids to Japan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3g3g_0r01c

Now, spousal kidnapping happens in all countries all over the world - this is not only a Japanese issue. However, what makes this different, are the laws in Japan which deal with issues such as divorce, parental/spouse rights, etc.

Basically, in Japan there is ZERO protection for parental rights. Whichever parent abducts the child first will win custody. Visitation is neither guaranteed, nor enforceable. It depends entirely on cooperation by the abducting parent. And this not only happens to a foreign parent with their Japanese spouse - but also among full blooded born and raised Japanese parents themselves. There has been strong criticism globally on Japan's legal system because unlike other industrialized countries, Japan’s system does not recognize the concept of joint custody. Japanese mothers - regardless of whether their spouse is foreign or Japanese - almost always end up with full custody, and many times do not allow the other parent to see their child. Fathers get the worst end of the deal almost always.

However, for instance, there was one case where a Japanese man abducted his children from their home in America without telling his wife, took the children to live in Japan - and then in turn had his children re-abducted by his own mother. No one got any protection, and only when the American spouse hired someone ( a former British agent who deals with this) were the children returned to her.

The Hague Abduction Convention (which has a method that returns the internationally abducted child who has been kidnapped by one parent to another country) will finally go into effect in Japan this year in April, after Japan spent years refusing to sign it.

What do you think of all this?
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Well at least they still end up with one of the parents.
In China, little girls get abducted by total strangers and then sold to families who want a bride for their son.
Posted 1/31/14
Nice to see a law in favor of helping to deal with the problem.
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Sweet-Revelation wrote:

Well at least they still end up with one of the parents.
In China, little girls get abducted by total strangers and then sold to families who want a bride for their son.


In China too? I only heard about that happening in Kazakhstan.
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Sweet-Revelation wrote:

Well at least they still end up with one of the parents.
In China, little girls get abducted by total strangers and then sold to families who want a bride for their son.



True, but what if that one parent is not suitable to care for them? There can be many things that can go wrong. Sometimes divorce can bring out nasty side of people and I do not think a child should deal with that. But yeah, you just hope that one parent is not messed up.
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puellapeanut wrote:
In China too? I only heard about that happening in Kazakhstan.


Yeah there's something like 37 million more men in China than there is women.
They kill a lot of baby girls there, something called gendercide.
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It sounds kind of hilarious actually I mean its so ridiculous and kind of awesome I know you will all hate me for that response, but why does it matter, its a good system besides the fact that they don't have to let the other parent see the children
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Take Shima via Google+7 months ago

Abusive foreigner hakujin fathers who ABUSE innocent Japanese wife and emotionally torture mixed race children are pieces of shit!! DEADBEAT GAIJIN DADS-I HATE YOU!



siamesecat92 weeks ago

It’s very sad situation but this documentary is one-sided.
Right or wrong, it’s not unusual for Japanese woman to go back to her parent’s home after the marriage brake down. It is the last resort as a result of financial, emotional, verbal, physical abuse. There are many Japanese women who are rather old fashion and tolerating all sorts of abuse in their marriage, choose to stay put for the sake of her children.


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I think this is in their thought processes.
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Posted 1/31/14 , edited 1/31/14
Glad the law is finally going into effect. It's amazing that Japan doesn't want to take any responsibility for the international abductions that happen because of their laws. It's one thing if they applied that (totally ridiculous) abduction system within their own country, but once they extend that to children from other countries, they've gone too far.

Imagine how traumatizing this is for abducted kids. It's heartbreaking.
Posted 2/1/14 , edited 2/1/14

stoner789 wrote:

It sounds kind of hilarious actually I mean its so ridiculous and kind of awesome I know you will all hate me for that response, but why does it matter, its a good system besides the fact that they don't have to let the other parent see the children


How on earth is kidnapping your child from your other spouse a good system?
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