US House of Representatives to Introduce House Resolution condemning Japan for International Child Abduction.

On Wednesday, May 5th 2010, the Japanese National Holiday of Children’s Day, A United States House of Representatives House Resolution will be introduced condemning Japan for International Child Abduction and calling on Japan to facilitate the immediate return of all children abducted to Japan. This historic resolution comes after 58 years of zero cooperation by the Government of Japan on this issue. Of the 231 children abducted to Japan in the last decade, and the countless hundreds more abducted in the preceding decades, none have ever been returned, making Japan quite literally a black hole from which no child ever returns.

A Capitol Hill press conference introducing the resolution will be held from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM outdoors at the House Triangle, located near the Capitol building, opposite Longworth building (and over Independence Ave. road, away from Longworth building). Closest metro is Capitol South.

Speaking at the Press Conference will be Congressman James Moran (D-VA), Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and many victim parents to include Christopher Savoie, Commander Paul Toland, Doug Berg and others.

Immediately following the press conference, the Bring Abducted Children
(BAC) Home foundation (http://www.facebook.com/l/13cee;www.bachome.org), consisting of victim parents of child abduction, will head to the Japanese Embassy for a 4:00 PM rally where the parents will take turns reading excerpts from the resolution in front of the embassy.

That evening, at 7:30 PM, BAC Home Foundation will hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Japanese Ambassador’s residence to remember and pray for the return of the 200+ abducted children.

May 5, 2010 Schedule:

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Capitol Hill Press Conference to introduce House Resolution condemning Japan for International Child Abduction. House Triangle.

4:00 PM: Bring Abducted Children (BAC) Home rally and House Resolution
Reading, Japanese Embassy. 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

7:30 PM – BAC Home Candlelight vigil, Japanese Ambassador’s residence, 4000 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC

PRESS RELEASE

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

Sponsored by Bring Abducted Children (BAC) Home.
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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

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, fromtheshadowsmovie.com. 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 crcjapan@yahoo.com and check our website at http://www.crcjapan.com for updates and further details.  Phone inquiries:  276-637-0117.