For me to ask people to call or write to congresspersons and ambassadors has been something I thought I would never do. But … sincere and well-meaning people tell me that it’s required that we suspend skepticism one more time. It’s also possible to read a moving account on the web that tells us that stopping parental abduction to Japan has not been not a high priority of the US Ambassador for Asian Affairs. This came from … the US Ambassador for Asian Affairs. He stated that it is the lack of political pressure from congress that allows ambassadors to ignore the kidnappings, even though hundreds of them regularly occur. So, let’s not give them that easy out.
Want to see what kind of response you get from the American government? It might be interesting. If you call or write to them, let me know, and tell us what if anything you hear back by writing me in the “Write to Me” box. I have family members who have written to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office about Japanese parental abduction, and about my son Rui being kidnapped to Japan. What is the response from government? When I was a kid, you’d at least get a form letter thanking you for writing. Times have changed, haven’t’ they?
Is President Obama’s office pushing this issue? You don’t think that Mr. Bush did, do you?
I’ve made a whole series of inquiries, but can’t be specific about them at this point. The battle has several fronts, and national, state, and local governments, other institutions, and individuals should all get involved. Please subscribe and keep in touch, and ask good friends to write and call as well.
Please consider calling and wriing to any Senator and Congressperson that still has ears to hear the public with … (And why not contact the other 534 too?) And of course, let friends in the media in on the secret … … … Shh! Japan Abducts Children!
contactingthecongress.org seems to make phone numbers easy enough to find.
A very important place for your congresspeople and senators to write and call is The State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary Kurt M. Campbell, which deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Feel free to patch in any of the blog posts if they seem appropriate to you. I think especially this one might convey the message, especially if you ask them why they have done next to nothing when they have known full well that this has been happening. But it might also help for them to hear some of the more personal side, such as this, or this immodest statement.
There will soon be more; I’m working at it.
Thank you to all!
Call these people: New York in the 111th Congress
Senator Charles E. (Chuck) Schumer (D- NY) 202-224-6542 202-228-3027
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D- NY) 202-224-4451 202-228-0282
Representative Tim Bishop (D – 01) 202-225-3826 202-225-3143
Representative Steve Israel (D – 02) 202-225-3335 202-225-4669
Representative Pete King (R – 03) 202-225-7896 202-226-2279
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D – 04) 202-225-5516 202-225-5758
Representative Gary Ackerman (D – 05) 202-225-2601 202-225-1589
Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D – 06) 202-225-3461 202-226-4169
Representative Joseph Crowley (D – 07) 202-225-3965 202-225-1909
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D – 08) 202-225-5635 202-225-6923
Representative Anthony Weiner (D – 09) 202-225-6616 202-226-0218
Representative Edolphus (Ed) Towns (D – 10) 202-225-5936 202-225-1018
Representative Yvette Clarke (D – 11) 202-225-6231 202-226-0112
Representative Nydia M. Velazquez (D – 12) 202-225-2361 202-226-0327
Representative Michael E. McMahon (D – 13) 202-225-3371 202-226-1272
Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D – 14) 202-225-7944 202-225-4709
Representative Charles B. Rangel (D – 15) 202-225-4365 202-225-0816
Representative Jose E. Serrano (D – 16) 202-225-4361 202-225-6001
Representative Eliot L. Engel (D – 17) 202-225-2464 202-225-5513
Representative Nita M. Lowey (D – 18) 202-225-6506 202-225-0546
Representative John J. Hall (D – 19) 202-225-5441 202-225-3289
Representative Scott Murphy (D – 20) 202-225-5614 202-225-1168
Representative Paul D. Tonko (D – 21) 202-225-5076 202-225-5077
Representative Maurice D. Hinchey (D – 22) 202-225-6335 202-226-0774
Representative Bill Owens (D – 23) 202-225-4611 202-226-0621
Representative Michael A. Arcuri (D – 24) 202-225-3665 202-225-1891
Representative Dan Maffei (D – 25) 202-225-3701 202-225-4042
Representative Chris Lee (R – 26) 202-225-5265 202-225-5910
Representative Brian Higgins (D – 27) 202-225-3306 202-226-0347
Representative Louise M. Slaughter (D – 28) 202-225-3615 202-225-7822
Representative Thomas Reed (R – 29) 202-225-3161 202-226-6599