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:

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.


Gunnar and Kianna Berg

Melissa Braden

Keisuke Collins

Jonas and Owen Daikaibush

Hiroki Hagisaka

Sean Hillman

Marina Kaneda

Ezra Lui

Diona Peterson

Isaac and Rebecca Savoie

Wayne Sawyer

Hana Scordato

Takoda and Tiana Weed

It is extremely encouraging to see that the U.S. State Department is providing this information on their website.  The first link below is the Japanese language “American View” Winter 2010 newsletter published by the U.S. State Department which  provides a range of Japanese language information on U.S. custody law, the Hague Convention, and left-behind parents.   The second link provides a good overview of all the various organizations now involved in these issues from the point of view of a left-behind parent (LBP), Steve Christi.

Both of these are great resources with a lot of credibility, especially since they’re now on the U.S. State Department website!

Japanese language “American View” Winter 2010 newsletter:


Steve Christi’s article:


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 and check our website at for updates and further details.  Phone inquiries:  276-637-0117.

We thank The Seoul Times for publishing this article by Shane Clarke:

The Seoul Times

The Seoul Times article

August 5, 2009

Letters from Tokyo
Japan Allows International Child Abduction
By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent

Highly recommended!