This page provides current information on U.S. Government efforts:
For more information about Japan and International Parental Child Abduction, see the following link:
The Office of Children’s Issues depends on proactive reporting of international parental child abduction cases. Our statistics reflect only what has been reported to our office.
The following statistics are current as of January 7, 2011.
The Office of Children’s Issues has no record of cases that have been resolved successfully through favorable Japanese court orders. Successful returns from Japan have occurred through voluntary measures or agreements between the parents. The Office of Children’s Issues maintains permanent records of all reported cases.
Articles on Japanese Law
This article provides information about the Japanese legal system as it pertains to abduction and child custody. Please note that the opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of State.
This document is a research paper funded by the U.S. Department of State. This paper has not been officially published by the Department. Please note that the opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of State.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara speak with reporters following their meeting
at the State Department in Washington on Thursday.
I would like to add my voice to Leila’s plea. After learning of Leila’s moving story, I am even more determined to seek the swift resolution of the cases of more than 100 abducted American children in Japan.
International parental child abduction to Japan harms these children by depriving them of the opportunity to grow up knowing both of their parents and both of their national heritages. I have already joined seven other embassies in asking the Japanese government to take action on this issue.
The time has surely come for Japan to join the other 82 signatories of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Additionally, it is my hope that Japan will take steps to implement a framework to resolve current abduction cases as well as to allow affected children to have regular contact with both parents following a divorce.
I look forward to working with the government of Japan and Diet members to move ahead as quickly as possible. An increasing number of left-behind parents are missing out on their children’s swiftly-passing childhood, and the abducted children are being deprived of the opportunity to grow up with the love of both parents.
See links below for related information from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s web site: