Japan parliament to possibly approve child custody treaty in May

Japan’s parliament will approve the country’s participation in an international treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes possibly in May, lawmakers said Tuesday.

The Liberal Democratic Party, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed to endorse a set of bills needed for Japan to join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction during the ongoing ordinary Diet session.

The convention sets rules for the prompt return of children under 16, taken or retained by one parent following the failure of an international marriage, to the country of their habitual residence.


Judge Orders Abducted Karina Garcia Returned To Father

The girl at the heart of an international custody battle, 9-year-old Karina Garcia, is expected to be returned to her father in Wisconsin.

Dr. Moises Garcia, of Fox Point, was awarded custody three years ago but has only seen Karina once since and that was in Japan.

Seven months after she was arrested in Hawaii for abducting her child, Emiko Inoue was in a Milwaukee County courtroom, accused of taking the child she shares with Garcia to Japan and refusing to return.

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