Signed, sealed, delivered

By on March 12, 2014

Japan, a country with nearly 20,000 interracial marriages a year that end in divorce has finally joined the Hague Convention after constant pressure by the United States and member countries from Europe. This means that Japan will officially comply with the current guidelines concerning the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction effective April 1, 2014.

The key guidelines spelled out in the treaty guarantee that Gaimusho, Japan’s Foreign Ministry, will cooperate as Hague member nation, in searching for children abducted by a non-custodial parent to Japan.  Disputes are subject to arbitrary means.  When requested by a custodial parent, the Japanese government will now assist in arranging a search which was not possible before Japan became a signatory to the Hague convention.

The new treaty covers children (under 16) of both Japanese and non-Japanese couples and will not apply to unresolved abduction cases prior to April 1, 2014.

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