Japan enacted Wednesday a law needed to ratify an international treaty to help settle cross-border child custody disputes, paving the way for implementation of the pact in Japan possibly early next year.
The House of Councillors at its plenary session unanimously approved the legislation, which stipulates domestic implementation procedures for the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The parliament endorsed the treaty late last month.
After completing all domestic procedures, Tokyo aims to join the convention with 89 signatories by the end of this year. The pact sets out rules and procedures for the prompt return to the country of habitual residence of children under 16 taken or retained by one parent, if requested by the other parent.
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.
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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An official says Japans Cabinet has approved a plan to join a global child custody pact.Yusuke Asakura says that Prime Minister Naoto Kans Cabinet endorsed the move Friday. It came after intense foreign pressure on Tokyo to revise policies some say allow Japanese mothers to too easily take their children away from foreign fathers.Japan is the only Group of Seven nation that hasnt signed the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.
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