Posted by debito on December 15th, 2006
Hello Blog. Forwarding from Eric Kalmus, courtesy of The Community. This is a filmed blurb on the protest in Los Angeles in front of the theater showing documentary “The Yokota Megumi Story”.
Yokota Megumi was kidnapped by North Korea about a generation ago, one of many nationalities abducted and put to work for uncertain reasons by the Kim Regimes. This movie about her has garnered much attention and many high-profile viewings (a good thing, I must stress).
Eric and company are not protesting the creation or presentation of the movie. They are protesting Japan’s lack of consistancy regarding abductions. It’s not alright for Japanese citizens to be kidnapped by a rogue state (of course). But it’s an issue to be glossed over when Japan, as a state, turns a blind eye to parental kidnappings of children by Japanese parents after an international divorce.
By being the only nation in the G7 not to sign the Hague Conventions on Child Abductions, according to crnjapan.com, Japan has become a safe haven. One parent can repatriate the kids on whatever pretenses possible, then cut off all contact with the other parent. Regardless of whether custody has granted by overseas courts to the estranged parent, or Interpol has issued international arrest warrants for these miscreants in Japan. (See the Murray Wood Case at http://www.debito.org/?p=53)
Copious information on these issues at
More referential links at the bottom of this post.
You might find this, a important movie, an odd thing for them (or me) to hitch a wagon to. But this issue of child abductions by Japanese citizens deserves all the attention it can get; I applaud their efforts to speak out. As it stands right now, Japan has no legal joint custody arrangements or enforcement of child visitations.
This situation should be known about and changed ASAP, because a lot of people, particularly children, are getting hurt.
On to Eric’s post:
ERIC KALMUS WRITES:
I have completed a Japanese Subtitled version of “Abduction is Abduction”
Larger J subtitles at
We will be doing an email blast over the next few days to help get the
word out. Please feel free to forward this address to everyone you
In addition if you have not seen the new updated version of Abduction
is Abduction please check it out. There are new scenes, and some old
ones have been removed.
The quality of the film is much better off of the web, so if anyone
would like a copy on DVD please feel free to email me.
Best Regards, Eric Kalmus firstname.lastname@example.org
Divorce Statistics in Japan, courtesy of Health Ministry (Japanese)
“Divorce in Japan: What a Mess”, Debito.org June 20, 2006
“Child Custody in Japan isn’t based on rules”, SF Chronicle Aug 27, 2006
Primers on the issue: Japan Times Community Page July 18, 2006, and Debito.org