This news piece (included in the previous post yesterday) was posted on Japanese “Yahoo News” site and then pulled within a few hours. No explanation for that is readily available, but I’m pleased to be able say I’d posted it on my blog before it was lost entirely to the ether around the internet. I am suspicious that the reason it was pulled has to do with the fact that it tells a critical truth about Japan’s family courts and substantiates claims against the legitimacy of those courts effectively. Needless to say, I won’t pull it down.
It details an unconscionable fact about Japan’s regime of child abduction and state-supported, institutionally-induced child abuse under cover of a profoundly disturbing and destructive outward appearance:
That is, the significant use in Japan of “fake claims of domestic violence” to break off family ties from children and permanently eliminate their relationships with their parent.
The extraordinary thing I want to emphasize here is that this is NOT a case of zealously angry, vengeful men’s rights advocates refuting the legitimate claims of women in need of protection from violence in domestic relationships. If that were the case, I would not dream of supporting or spreading vile rumors.
Rather it is the case that Japan has a *horrendously* bad record of failure to protect women, children, and the elderly from violence, and an enormous juridical apparatus, buffered by legislative laxity and complicit-to-the-point-of-absurdity policing, all enabling the abuses, and minimizing the capacity and effectiveness of authentic support for victims.
It is therefore doubly, triply galling to see that rather than addressing its high incidence of domestic violence, public violence against women, violence against children in schools and homes, the family court makes this a practice that it appears to believe is useful to its reputation; that it attempts to bum rush parents out of their families- permanently – while turning a blind eye to the numerous silences and abuses that surround this system. This allows them to reinforce a creaking, broken family form, while doing nothing to save children from an abusive exercise of dominating power.
If it could happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
150,000 Japanese state-sanctioned abductions, every year.