Thank you, David Hearn, for this clip.  David Hearn, together with Matt Antell, is filming the upcoming “From the Shadows” documentary about the Japanese child abduction problem.

Below is a downloadable flier with details for the street rally being held in Tokyo on October 24.  A lot of media, especially Japanese media, is expected at this event, so please try to attend.

Street Rally (Oct. 24, 2009)

Below are the public posters for 9 cases obtained by Children’s Rights Council of Japan from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) of 10 U.S. children believed to have been abducted to Japan.

This list just represents the tip of the iceberg as the vast majority of the cases involving Japan are not being publicized in the NCMEC poster campaign, either because the left-behind parent has not reported their case to NCMEC, or they have reported the case but have not gone public with it.

Diona Peterson

Elias Martinez

Hana Scordato

Hiroki Hagisaka

Keisuke Collins

Marina Kaneda

Melissa Braden

Sean Hillman

Takoda and Tiana Weed

This is good news for all left behind parents with children in Japan.  The U.S. and 7 other countries (Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand and Spain) told Justice Minister Keiko Chiba that Japan should sign an international convention on child abduction and set up ways to allow foreign parents to visit their children.

He’s coming home, heartbroken, without his children.

embassy rally

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, Children’s Rights Council of Japan organized a “Free Christopher Savoie” Rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., demanding that the Japanese government immediately release Christopher Savoie and reunite him with his children, and also acknowledge and resolve all other cases of child abductions in Japan. Speakers included CRC of Japan co-founder Walter Benda, U.S. Navy Commander Paul Toland, Amy Savoie (Christopher Savoie’s wife), Kay Kephart (an American grandmother imprisoned while trying to find her grandchildren), David Levy (head of the national Children’s Rights Council nonprofit organization), and 2 U.S. left-behind fathers, Randy Collins and Lance Litwiller. Media included CNN, NBC, CBS, NHK, FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK NEWS, TV TOKYO, KYODO NEWS, and documentary film maker Matt Antell, A candlelight vigil was held that evening in front of the White House.

Link to Video Slideshow of Oct. Rally and Vigil for Christopher Savoie (Music sample:  Trabryu “Road”)

Rally to Free Christopher Savoie, Washington, Oct. 3

Children’s Rights Council of Japan is organizing a Rally and Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C. on October 3, calling on Japan to free Christopher Savoie and reunite abducted American children with both sides of their families.  The Rally will be held in front of the Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, starting at 2:00 PM, with a Candlelight Vigil in front of The White House starting at 7:00 PM.

Christopher Savoie was arrested and imprisoned in Japan after trying to recover his two American children, who were kidnapped to Japan in violation of U.S. law by his Japanese ex-wife.  Christopher’s wife, Amy Savoie, will speak at the Rally, as will other victims whose children are being held in Japan.

Scheduled Speakers:

Walter Benda, Co-founder, Children’s Rights Council of Japan and father of two American daughters who were abducted in Japan in 1995.

Commander Paul Toland, US Navy, sole surviving parent of a daughter, Erika, who was abducted in Japan in 2003.

Amy Savoie, wife of Christopher Savoie and stepmother of two children abducted to Japan this year.

Kay Kephart, a grandmother whose grandchildren are being held in Japan.

More speakers to be added later.

The public is invited to attend.

Please direct media inquiries to and check our website at for updates and further details.  Phone inquiries:  276-637-0117.