An official from the U.S. State Department sought for the return of children taken from American parents without their consent by their Japanese partners after their marriages have failed.
Speaking at a Senate Committee hearing on Foreign Relations, State Department’s special adviser for children’s issues, Susan Jacobs said, “We will not be satisfied until all those children are home where they belong.” Her statement comes a few months before Japan is scheduled to participate in the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In principle, the treaty orders that children removed from their countries of habitual residence be returned. However, it is only applicable to cases which will occur after the treaty was signed, thus excluding cases before Japan becomes a member. Countries including the United States have been pushing for Japan to sign the agreement and the government is set to resubmit various bills to the Diet, which are essential for the nation to join the international treaty.
As such, Jacobs is calling to the government to return children taken away from their American parents even before the treaty comes into force. According to her, there are around 80 children being requested for custody by their American parents. She said, “We have not forgotten cases that still exist.” Speaking to the Senate committee, ‘We look forward to continued progress with the Japanese government on resolving existing cases in the spirit of the convention,” she added.
[via Jiji Press]