By Yukiko Irei and Ryutaro Iju
A woman in her 20s living in the central part of Okinawa Island used the U.S. “child support recovery” system to identify the U.S. serviceman in Hawaii who is the father of her son born in 2018. The family court in Hawaii ruled in October 2020 that the serviceman must pay $1,080 monthly in child support to the woman. The payments are to start from December 2020.
Misaki Smith, representative of the nonprofit organization Women’s Pride, which acted as an intermediary, said that “many cases of child support involving U.S. military personnel result in either the woman not receiving any support or failure to identify the serviceman,” adding that this was a “rare case in which the father of the child was identified with just his birthdate and name, and the mother was able to receive child support.” (Abridged)