Child abduction to and within Japan: Movie screening of “From the Shadows” and seminar – April 9th, 2012

Japan is a safe haven for parental child abduction.
-Colin Jones, Professor Doshisa University Kyoto, Japan.
In Japan, the parent that has physical possession of the children is guaranteed legal custody. It is ‘finders keepers, losers weepers’ in its rawest and most cruel form.
-Jeremy Morley, International Family Attorney.
Child abduction to and within Japan: Movie screening of “From the Shadows” and seminar.

Public Event · By John Gomez

Sponsored by the Harvard Club, Japan

      • Monday, April 9, 2012
      • 1:00pm until 9:00pm in UTC+09
  • Tokyo Foundation
  • Invitation for event supported by the Harvard Club of Japan (screening and seminar) join us Monday April 9 at the Tokyo Foundation to watch a private screening of the documentary movie “From the Shadows,” (work in progress), and attend a seminar about child abduction to and within Japan. Filmmaker David Hearn and left-behind parent John Gomez will present the issue from their perspectives.PLACE:The Nippon Foundation Bldg, 3F,Tokyo Foundation1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo,000 yen for movie (6:30 pm),4,000 yen for seminar (3 pm),8,000 yen in totalREGISTRATION:Please register by e-mail to address below.e-mail: – – – -Child abduction to and within Japan has become one of the most important social topics in Japan today. Its priority has now been raised to one of the five top-level bilateral issues between the US and Japan. At the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 21, 2011, President Obama asked Prime Minister Noda to proceed with joining the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and resolve existing cases. This occurred as the result of a world-wide human rights movement. On January 6 this year, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell stated while visiting Japan that more progress is needed.On April 9, 2012, a symposium on the issue of child abduction to/within Japan will be held at the Tokyo Foundation.1:00 – 3:00 pm reception and networking3:00 – 5:00 pm panel discussion seminar5:00 – 6:00 pm networking and dinner6:30 – 9:00 pm movie screening and discussion,(Please arrive between 6:00 – 6:30 pm)
    “From the Shadows” is a documentary film about child abduction to/within Japan that focuses on the efforts of five left-behind parents to see their abducted children. Two are mothers; one is Japanese. Two others are the sole-surviving parent, yet they have no access to their child. In November 2011, by invitation from U.S. Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, the directors screened “From The Shadows” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and the film has appeared on CNN, ABC News and the Today Show. This will be a private screening and fundraiser in the evening with open discussion about the film to follow. Please note that the current version is mostly in English without Japanese subtitles. Filmmaker David Hearn will answer questions. The website and trailer are at: panel discussion and Q&A session about various aspects of the child abduction issue in Japan from legal, psychological, diplomatic, and political perspectives will be held in the afternoon. Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada will deliver the keynote address. The purpose of the seminar is to improve understanding and facilitate discussion about this human rights issue amongst interested citizens and government officials of several countries. One aim is to consider constructive solutions for reuniting left-behind parents with their children. John Gomez is a member of the Harvard College Class of 1983. He has been working on the issue in both the US and Japan with left-behind parents and government officials from several countries around the world.

3 thoughts on “Child abduction to and within Japan: Movie screening of “From the Shadows” and seminar – April 9th, 2012

  1. I am from Spain and the father of Mauro (2) and Simon (1), taken to Japan on June 2nd, 2011. Their mother took them on holiday but never come back. I am fighting in Spain for their custody as we were not split and we both have the custody, our relationship was normal before she left. I can not travel to Japan as I have panic ti flight and she knew this.
    I read all your reports and I hope this situation will come to an end.
    I already present the papers under the Haya Convention to ask for my children back last wednesday, I know they have not signed jet but my lawyer consider it was a good idea. I will keep you informed on the progress as I will not be able to attend any of your meetings in Japan.
    Good luck for every one specially for our children.


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