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Japan to revise laws to facilitate swift return of children abducted by parents

  • June 26, 2018
  • , Sankei
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Sankei asserted in its lead story that the GOJ is likely to amend two statutes so as to facilitate the smooth return of children abducted by their Japanese parents, noting that a Justice Ministry panel is expected to put together a package of recommendations on revisions to the two laws so that enforcement officers appointed by the court can ensure the return of such minors without the consent of their Japanese parents in cases where repatriation is ordered by a court. The paper said the State Department in May listed Japan as one of the countries showing a pattern of noncompliance with the Hague treaty on cross-border parental child abduction. While predicting that the amendment of the statutes would probably expedite the smooth return of minors, the daily underscored that sufficient consideration should be given to the feelings of the children when enforcing repatriation.

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