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Court rejects American father’s request that son be returned to him

  • September 9, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 38
  • JMH Translation

Toyama Family Court has turned down an American father’s claim that his 13-year-old son be returned to him since his Japanese ex-wife took the child and returned to Japan without his consent, sources revealed on Sept. 8. The 50-year-old father disclosed the court decision at a press conference in Tokyo.


According to the father, the couple married in 2003 and divorced in 2008. Though a U.S. court drew up a parenting plan for the couple, which stated that the son’s passport be kept by the father, the mother returned to Japan in 2010 with their then six-year-old son after obtaining a passport for him by falsely claiming that his previous one had been lost. Toyama Family Court deemed that the child wishes to continue living in Japan, judging that “he would be deprived of a peaceful life if he were turned over to the father and that would not be in his best interest.”


The court chastised the mother for cutting off the child’s ties with his father and urged her to try to repair the relationship between the father and son.

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