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.

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Keiko Chiba, new justice minister of Japan (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Keiko Chiba, new justice minister of Japan (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Children’s rights activists feel encouraged by Prime Minister Hatoyama’s appointment of Keiko Chiba as the new justice minister.  Prior to the election she participated in meetings conducted by left-behind parents in Japan relating to child abduction issues in Japan.  She is concerned about not only domestic cases but international cases as well.  Hopefully we finally have a strong ally on children’s rights issues in a key position in the Japanese government!