Children’s Rights Council of Japan has obtained the following statistical summary from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding the outcomes of cases it is handling involving children taken from the U.S. to Japan:

As of October 2012, NCMEC’s database reflects that in ninety-three percent (93%) of our active (unresolved) cases involving children taken from the U.S. to Japan, we have been seeking the return of the children for two years or longer and forty-four percent (44%) of these cases have remained unresolved for five years or longer. NCMEC’s database also reflects that, out of all of our closed cases involving children taken from the U.S. to Japan, seventy-six percent (76%) of the children were never recovered. To date, twenty percent (20%) of our closed cases involving children taken from the U.S to Japan, the children were returned or allowed access to the left-behind parent solely because of voluntary action on the part of the taking parent.

Children’s Rights Council of Japan is not aware of a single recovery from Japan that has resulted from a civil legal proceeding, and is aware of only one recovery following the issuance of a criminal warrant for the taking parent, in the case of Dr. Moises Garcia and his daughter, Karina Garcia.

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Children’s Rights Council of Japan recently detected an error in the online database of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that was resulting in only two of the posters of American children believed to be abducted to Japan to show up on the NCMEC website.  NCMEC has corrected the problem, and there are now 13 posters involving 17 American children showing up on their website.  Children’s Rights Council of Japan has reposted these cases including the posters with additional details for each case at the following link:

http://www.crcjapan.com/missing-kids.html

Below is a listing of publicized cases of American children believed to have been abducted to Japan in violation of U.S. laws.  The source for this information is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).   As of September 11, 2012, there were 13 cases involving 17 American children on the NCMEC website.  This represents only a small fraction of the total cases involving abductions to Japan, as this is only for U.S. citizen children believed to have been taken to Japan.  Also, many left-behind parents do not report their cases to NCMEC, and not all left-behind parents have agreed to go public with their cases using the NCMEC Poster Campaign.  For more details on each case, click on the “View Poster” link.

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Gunnar and Kianna Berg
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Melissa Braden
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Keisuke Collins
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Jonas and Owen Daikaibush
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Hiroki Hagisaka
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Sean Hillman
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Marina Kaneda
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Ezra Lui
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Diona Peterson
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Isaac and Rebecca Savoie
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Wayne Sawyer
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Hana Scordato
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Takoda and Tiana Weed

Below are the public posters for 9 cases obtained by Children’s Rights Council of Japan from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) of 10 U.S. children believed to have been abducted to Japan.

This list just represents the tip of the iceberg as the vast majority of the cases involving Japan are not being publicized in the NCMEC poster campaign, either because the left-behind parent has not reported their case to NCMEC, or they have reported the case but have not gone public with it.

Diona Peterson

Elias Martinez

Hana Scordato

Hiroki Hagisaka

Keisuke Collins

Marina Kaneda

Melissa Braden

Sean Hillman

Takoda and Tiana Weed