In an outburst of predictable seasonal activity over the August summer vacation, Japan has signaled to all of us via the U.S. Department of State that they will not comply with the international community and the U.S. Department of State’s one and only primary political request with regard to the excessive Japanese human welfare and children and parents’ rights abuse of international child abduction. The Japanese will not sign the Hague Convention, nor begin a process of demonstrating whether or not it will ever cease welcoming the arrival in Japan of internationally abducted children, nor cease the masking of child abduction as “custody determination” until at least May 2013. In addition the U.S. Department of State has, as always, offered to carry water for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs again, encouraging U.S. citizens to cede the stolen jurisdiction over their children’s abductions to the thieves themselves, the Japanese family courts which have ratified thousands upon thousands of international child abductions over many decades. The State Department apparently wants us all to celebrate together.
This “important message” was sent by the U.S. Department of State to all parents of children kidnapped to Japan (that is to say, those child abductions still on record despite the State Department’s best efforts to expunge them from their active case files) on August 10, 2012. In a display of diplomatic dissimulation, the State Department celebrated the extension for an additional time period of what the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has come to call a “pilot program“ which MOFA initiated at the behest of the United States and other countries whose children are routinely abducted by Japanese, to assist parents of kidnapped children in a process of getting to know the routines of the Japanese judiciary. What the State Department will not tell you is that this assistance of MOFA that DOS is introducting us to will facilitate drawing the parent-victims into a perilous compromise of jurisdiction, providing the Japanese state with the concession of jurisdiction over our children where it has not been legally obtained. Remember that these courts have yet to order the return of an abducted child in the 57 years since that have elapsed since the end of the 2nd World War, and you have the U.S. government helping the Japanese government to relieve parents of the stolen rights to their own children.
The text appears below at the bottom of this post, along with a sample of MOFA’s rhetorical “pilot program.”
In response, this is what one of our fellow parents of kidnapped children observed:
1. Days since Japan announced their intention to sign the Hague Convention on 19 May 2011 = 449 days
2. Days remaining until March 2013 (continuation of “pilot project”) = 233
3. Total days from Japan’s announcement to sign the Hague until March 2013 = 672 days
4. Children statistically abducted since 19 May 2011 (assuming 39 per year – average of 2007-2009) = 48 children
5. Children that will statistically be abducted between now and March 2013 = 25 children
6. Total cumulative number of children from # 4 and #5 above = 73 children
7. Children that have been returned by the Japanese Government or Courts since Japan announced its intention to sign the Hague 449 days ago = 0
8. Children that the Japanese Government or courts will return during the next 233 days during their ongoing “Pilot Project” = 0
As stated in the email [below], the “pilot project” is a direct result of the U.S. Department of State’s request for Japanese government assistance with existing cases of international parental child abduction. Glad to see the State Department continues to make so much progress on this issue and share this good news story with us!!
You could cut the justifiable sarcasm here with a knife. But this is not comedic, nor cause for laughter. It is a tragedy with parent and child victims, benefitting ONLY child abductors.
Following is the “pilot program” message, followed by the message that the Japanese intended for us to see, as facilitated by the loyal United States Department of State, under the proud leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For anyone foolish enough to entrust a child’s fate to a state and judiciary that specializes in child abduction, and that eschews the rule of law, be my guest.
MOFA Announces Extension of Hague Convention Pilot Program
We are writing to provide you with an update. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that they will extend their pilot project, (about which we notified you on May 1), through March 2013. The length of the extension may be revised based on the number of participants and/or availability of funds.
The pilot project provides a free phone service for parents of children abducted to Japan to call in to learn more about Japan’s civil justice system, particularly their family court.
For more information, please see our May 1 e-mail below or review MOFA’s
Text of May 1 e-mail:
MOFA informed the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs that the pilot project is an extension of its ongoing preparations to function as Japan’s Central Authority after Japan ratifies the Hague Abduction Convention. Open to parents around the world, according to MOFA, the pilot project is a direct result of the U.S. Department of State’s request for Japanese government assistance with existing cases of international parental child abduction. While the U.S. Department of State cannot recommend or endorse any specific program, we encourage parents to consider participating in this unique, cost-free opportunity to learn more about Japan’s legal system.
MOFA reported to the U.S. Department of State that in preparation for joining the Hague Abduction Convention, the name of its Division for Issues Related to Child Custody has been changed to the Hague Child Abduction Convention Division. This office will administer the pilot program and has provided the information below, which will also be posted on MOFA’s website
(www.mofa.go.jp <http://www.mofa.go.jp> ).
In the Office of Children’s Issues, parents should contact their case officers.
And this from MOFA:
Foreign Policy > Human Rights > Notice: A Pilot Project towards concluding the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction > For parties to a case of international parental child removal and retention who reside outside Japan
For parties to a case of international parental child removal and retention who reside outside Japan
August 1, 2012
This pilot project will provide an information service by a Japanese lawyer on the Japanese legal system for parents whose child has been removed to Japan and who reside outside Japan, and are seeking a solution to the issue but unfamiliar with the Japanese legal framework. This service will be available in English or Japanese via Skype or telephone, free of charge.
- Who is eligible to use this service?
Parents residing outside Japan whose child has been removed to Japan.
(Only a parent of the removed child can apply.
A grandfather, grandmother or other close relative of the child, as well as friends and acquaintances of the parent, are not eligible.)
- When is this service available?
Now available until March 29, 2013!
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Japan Standard Time), from Monday through Friday (a day of the week).
Please note that this service might be terminated earlier than the date specified above, depending on the number of applicants. Any changes will be posted at this page.
- How many times and how long may I use this service?
One session only per applicant; up to one hour
- Do you speak English?
The lawyer speaks English and Japanese.
- What information can I get from this service?
Information on Japanese family law, family court proceedings and other aspects of the Japanese legal framework (Please note that in this service the lawyer in charge will not offer professional consultation to solve an individual case.)
- I’d like to use this service. What should I do?Step 1: To arrange an information session with a Japanese lawyer in charge, send an email to the address below that includes the following information. The lawyer will report back to you regarding the time and date of the session via email.Note: The email address below is not hyperlinked. Please type this email address.
- – Time and date (based on Japan Standard Time) you prefer: Provide three or more options in order of preference in the period described in Section 2 above. Please consider the time difference between your location and Japan.
- The lawyer in charge might be unavailable at your requested time, so please give a number of preferred day and time slots.
i) 1st June, from 9 am (JST)
ii) 5th June, from 11 am (JST)
iii) 10th June, from 3 pm (JST)…
- – The specific information you want to know
- – Your contact phone number (including country code) or Skype name
- – Your country/region (if your country has multiple time zones, please also provide your city name.)
Step 2: The lawyer will call you on the date specified.