More articles indicating that Prime Minister Hatoyama is publicly encouraging his government to consider joining the Hague Convention:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100226a6.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/169740/japan-says-willing-to-sign-treaty-on-child-abduction

http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstStory/index.php?storyid=487403

http://www.asahi.com/politics/update/0225/TKY201002250527.html

While this is good news, and shows that Japan is finally publicly acknowledging that there is a problem, it is even more important that the Japanese government address the currently outstanding cases of international child abduction, which number in the hundreds, if not thousands.

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According to this article, attitudes towards the international child abduction issue are beginning to shift within the Japanese government.  The solution is not obvious yet, but at least the Japanese government seems to be trying to constructively engage with the U.S. on this.  It sounds hopeful.

http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstStory/index.php?storyid=487403

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February 10, 2010

If you have not done so yet, please take a look at HR3240, and leave comments in support of it at:

http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/111_HR_3240.html

We’ve been told that MANY POWERFUL people in DC pay attention to this site.

Also please contact your state’s U.S. Congressional delegation to ask for their support of this legislation.  It will do much to encourage countries like Japan to promote children’s rights to both parents.