Japan Removed from U.S. Hague Convention Noncompliance List

Politics

Washington, May 11 (Jiji Press)--The U.S. Department of State has removed Japan from its list of countries showing a pattern of noncompliance with the so-called Hague Convention on cross-border parental child abduction.

In an annual report released Wednesday, the department noted Japan's legislative efforts to better enforce the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which Japan joined in 2014.

But the department "remains highly concerned about both the lack of effective mechanisms for the enforcement of Convention orders and the sizable number of pre-Convention abduction cases," the report said.

"Japan's Justice Ministry has acknowledged the urgency of returning abducted children safely and promptly and has initiated an effort to revise Japanese laws to improve execution of ordered returns of abducted children," the report added.

Last year, Japan was listed as a noncompliant country for the first time since joining the convention.

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