Gov’t sets up cabinet-level council on Hague child abduction convention
Japan set up a cabinet-level council Friday to examine whether to join an international convention that sets procedures for resolving child custody cases in failed international marriages. This article gives the appearance that Japan is taking the issue seriously. A more likely scenario is that Japan is using this council to delay signing the Hague. Most people know Japan is the master at stalling. They claim to study the issue but never make any changes. Even if they to sign the Hague they may not ratify it. Cases are not retroactive so parents will continue to suffer until the Hague is ratified. Only 30% of Hague cases are resolved. Signing the Hague is meaningless to those parents that have no access to their kids in Japan now. The Hague may help a few parents in 20 years but it is not the answer for most left behind parents. LBP’s need access to their kids now. And all of the governments worldwide should be pressuring Japan to resolve existing cases. This issue is poorly covered in the media. Not many people are aware of the depth of this problem. It affects millions of Japanese parents. Changing the law in Japan is a much better answer to this problem than signing the Hague.
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