Japanese accession to the Hague Convention under this “legislation” should be rejected by all signatories and all decent people, everywhere. The legislation is a display of absolute defiance of the convention, and of the principle of international law. The purpose of the convention itself is to stop countries like Japan from continually abducting massive numbers of children, by obligating the state to which the children were abducted to return the kids to the jurisdiction from which they were abducted and prevent corrupt local courts (such as Japanese family courts) from claiming a say (“jurisdiction”) in the matter. This is an ugly farce, aimed at securing Japan’s right to pretend that decades of rampant child abduction haven’t happened. Just say no!
“The bill states that Japanese family courts will decide whether to return children retained by one parent in Japan when requests are made by the other parent.
The courts may reject requests if more than one year has passed since children were taken (ABDUCTED) to Japan, children refuse to go back (!!), there is a risk of exposing children to physical or psychological harm or parents requesting children’s return have a history of child neglect.”
A Japanese court system with DECADES of history of child abuse and abduction masked as custody determination hereby RETAINS its supposed right to continue to make these determinations without any revision of its requirements for evidence, adherence t0 truth or acknowledgment of its historical reality while signing an international abduction treaty. Sheer nonsense!!!!
I cannot help wondering about the coincidental approval of this bill on the weekend of the anniversary of Japan’s tsunami and Self-Nuking (Carnegie Endowment Report) in 2011. There seems to be plenty of ideological coverage.
Stop this unfolding nightmare from happening to our children!