Japan Panel Calls for Smooth Return of Parent-Abducted Children

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Legislative Council proposed on Thursday that the government facilitate the return of children brought to Japan by either of their parents after the breakup of marriage.

Currently, children cannot be forcibly separated from their fathers or mothers they are now living with in Japan and sent back to countries where they were living with both parents unless the parents in Japan are present during authorities' enforcement of the separation.

There have been many cases in which parents pretended not to be at home to prevent enforcement officers from taking their children away.

In the proposal to Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, the council called for the abolition of the condition for the forcible separation to make it easier to return children to the previous countries of residence under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

But considering mental implications for those children, the council advised that parents in the original countries come to Japan and be present in the enforcement scene.

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