22 US Senators signed letter for Obama to address Child Abductions Issue during Japan visit


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Hi Blog. We reported on this on October 30, but back then only two US Senators had signed. Now as of November 5, 22 US Senators have signed a letter for Obama to address Child Abductions Issue during his Japan visit.  Three scanned pages follow.  Courtesy of both CRN and CRC. Arudou Debito





3 comments on “22 US Senators signed letter for Obama to address Child Abductions Issue during Japan visit

  • Coverage in Japanese media:

    国際親権問題:米上院議員22人 日本に積極取り組み要請



  • US senators press Japan on parental abductions
    (AFP) November 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON ‹ Nearly one-quarter of the US Senate asked President Barack
    Obama on Monday to press Japan on his upcoming visit about parental
    abductions, saying Tokyo’s policies were an anomaly among developed nations.

    Japanese courts virtually never award child custody to divorced foreign
    parents — sometimes even handing them to a child’s Japanese grandparents
    instead of giving them to a foreigner.

    Activists say that thousands of foreign parents have lost access to children
    in Japan. The row recently was thrown in the spotlight after a US man was
    briefly jailed for snatching his own children on their way to school.

    In a letter to Obama, 22 senators from both parties said they were troubled
    that Japan was the only nation among the Group of Seven industrialized
    nations that has not signed the 1980 Hague Convention that requires
    countries to return a child wrongfully kept there to their country of
    habitual residence.

    “While we acknowledge that Japan’s accession to the Hague Convention is an
    important goal, the United States must also work with Japan to establish a
    bilateral mechanism to assist with the resolution of current cases,” they

    “We urge you to ensure that the United States continues to raise this issue
    at the highest possible levels in the context of our close bilateral
    relationship with Japan,” the letter said.

    The letter was led by Jim Webb, who heads the Senate subcommittee on East
    Asia, and signed by both senators from Tennessee, the home state of
    Christopher Savoie who was jailed in the high-profile child abduction case.

    The letter voiced hope that Japan’s new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama would
    do more to address the issue, which was also raised last month in Tokyo by
    the ambassadors of the United States and seven other Western nations.

    Obama is set to visit Japan this week on the start of a four-nation trip to

    Hatoyama’s center-left Democratic Party of Japan in August ended a
    half-century of nearly uninterrupted conservative rule.

    Hatoyama has pledged to build a less subservient relationship with the
    United States and is expected to raise with Obama a row over US bases in


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