Japanese Cabinet Agrees to Signing of Hague Convention

May 20, 2011



The Japanese cabinet has agreed to prepare domestic legislation for signing the Hague Convention.  

While this is a hopeful sign, there are many unanswered questions as to what this means.  

Will the Japanese Diet actually enact the necessary provisions?  

What time frame are we looking at?  

How committed will the Japanese government be to actually honoring the spirit of the Hague Convention, or will it simply treat this as a piece of paper as it is doing with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Will the Japanese government retroactively address the currently outstanding cases?

Most left-behind parents who are being denied access to their children in Japan would rather see some concrete actions that would put them back in their childrens’ lives again rather than words and promises.








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