The bar graph below graphically shows the rapid increase in the number of parental child abduction cases to Japan since the year 2000. Depicting statistics provided by the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and France, the chart shows the growth in the number of cases tracked by these countries from the year 2000 through Nov. 30, 2009.
All cases shown are the result of a Japanese spouse removing the child of an international marriage from a foreign country to Japan without the consent of the other parent, or unlawfully keeping a child in Japan in violation of custody or visitation arrangements. Many of the cases involve multiple children.
In these five countries alone, the number of cases of parental child abduction to Japan has almost doubled in the past two years and has more than quadrupled in the past four years.
The growth in the number of international parental child abduction cases to Japan has prompted a number of nations to call upon the government of Japan to accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and to assist in resolving current abduction cases. Japan is the only G-7 nation that is not a signatory to the Hague Convention.
To date, no child has been returned to his/her country of habitual residence as a result of any action taken by the government of Japan.
I am US citizen Cliff Woolley, Tokyo resident since 1970’s and former musician with Grammy winning musical groups Ambrosia and The Association.
In ’72 I had a college deferment and draft lottery number 364 but accepted an invitation by Bob Hope and served in Vietnam for the USO / DOD.
I was given honorary GS-15 status and awarded for my service by General Fred C Weyand, as posted on my homepage http://www.cliffworks.net.
Questions / Requests
Why hasn’t the USA done a thing about this, why is the data only up to 2009, why does POTUS accommodate PM Abe and complain to DPRK about a dozen Japanese allegedly abducted 40 years ago (some have been found living quietly in Japan) but remain silent about the hundreds of thousands of kids with foreign fathers Japan abducts, why isn’t there a warning on Dept. of State website that foreign fathers with Japanese wives risk losing their kids if their wives abduct them to Japan, why is Japan not on a list of terrorist nations for this behavior? Why did President Trump meet with some Japanese families and a Japanese celebrity clown named Pico Taro but not with one left-behind-American father?
All of this is most disgraceful.