Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Experts and parents urged Japan to signed the 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction at a forum in Tokyo last week. They argued that the Convention will protect children from International custody battles. The convention, so far ratified by 75 countries, says any child removed from country by a parent without the other parent's permission must be returned, and the custody resolved in the original country. Satoshi Watanabe, a law professor at Kyoto's Ritsumeikan University, said Japan should be cautious in accepting the Hague Convention because the Japanese legal system works on very different assumptions from those underlying the international agreement. Source: Mainichi Daily News, mdn.mainchi-msn.co.jp/national/news. For more information, please click here (last visited December 7, 2005, reo).