Need for Joint Custody

Posted on January 9, 2011. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation, Hague Convention, Japanese Family Law | Tags: , , , |

Masako Akeo has had 2 articles published recently related to the need for joint custody. In the first article she talks about the rights of a child, suing Keiko Chiba (Minister of Justice), and being prohibited from going to her son’s school. But more importantly she mentions the need for joint custody. Many other nations have a joint custody system in place and children have regular and meaningful contact with both parents on a weekly basis. The article also mentions Kozue Sugano a left behind Japanese mother whose child was taken to Bangladesh by her Bangladeshi ex-husband. Kozue has no access to her child and hopes Japan will sign the Hague Convention.

Left-Behind Parents Want End to Single Child Custody System

Masako’s second article, talks about the need for Japan to sign the Hague Convention as soon as possible. Japan must also revise it family law system to reflect the needs of today’s society. This means Japan needs “joint custody”. Masako also tells a brief story of how her ex managed to get sole custody of her son and her current attempts and struggles to see her son.

Masako Akeo: Japanese Laws Should Encourage Joint Custody


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