Upcoming events in Japan

April 21, 2010

IAPCR is a new group in Japan working on behalf of better access rights for children of divorce and separation.  They have posted a number of upcoming events in Japan that are geared towards promoting these issues, at this link:


Thank you, Colin Jones and Kevin Brown, for getting this out!



It is often forgotten that there are many other victims of Japan’s inhumane family law system, beyond the children and non-custodial parents, that cuts children off from one half of their biological roots.  Here is an American grandmother’s perspective:



Nuclear Family Security Summit
April 9-11 2010
Washington, DC

Sponsored by Bring Abducted Children (BAC) Home.

Come and help us stop the proliferation of Child Abduction to Japan!
Events will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and prior to the Global Nuclear Security Summit of 12-13 April.

Since the establishment of a fully sovereign post-war Japanese government on April 28, 1952, Japan has NEVER returned a single abducted child to ANY foreign country. Every one of the thousands of children abducted to Japan over the past 58 years has remained detained forever in Japan, making Japan quite literally a black hole from which no child has ever returned.
Prime Minister Hatoyama and most senior Japanese Government Officials will be in Washington, DC this weekend in advance of the Global Nuclear Security Summit, and will be attending events related to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 9, 11 AM
Left-Behind Parents town hall meeting on Japan Child Abduction with Assistant Secretaries of State Kurt Campbell and Janice Jacobs. Closed meeting, open only to invited Left-Behind parents.

Friday, April 9, 1:00 PM
Press Availability of Left-Behind parents immediately following town hall meeting. US State Department Office of Children’s Issues, 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC

Friday, April 9, 1:30 PM
Left-Behind parent luncheon. TGI Fridays, 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Friday, April 9, 3:30 PM
Rally/Protest. Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Saturday, April 10, 10AM- Noon
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. We will be handing our flyers with static posterboard displays at Federal Triangle Metro Station, 100,000 spectators expected.

Saturday, April 10, 11AM-6 PM
50th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. We will be handing out flyers with static posterboard displays at Federal Triangle Metro
Station. 160,000+ visitors expected. The largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States.

Saturday, April 10, 7:30 PM
Candlelight Vigil outside of Japanese Ambassador Fujisaki’s residence, 4000 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, DC

Sunday, April 11, 8:30AM-Noon
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler finishing area. Grounds of the Washington Monument. 15,000 runners & walkers. We will be handing out flyers.

Points of Contact:
Paul Toland, (703) 300-3411, pptoland@yahoo.com
Christopher Savoie, (615) 975-4740, savoiecj@gmail.com
Doug Berg, (703) 463-0008, dbergsan@gmail.com
John Gomez, bac_home@yahoo.com