International and domestic parental abduction of EU children in Japan

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Resolution adopted by the plenary of the European Parliament on 8 July 2020 concerning the international and domestic parental abduction of EU children in Japan.

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The Resolution draws from the increasing number of unsolved child abduction cases where one parent is a national from the European Union (EU) and the other Japanese. Over the years, the Parliament received a number of appeals on cases of Japanese parental child abduction and visiting rights. Petitioners point out that international court decisions in Japan on the return of the child are not being enforced properly. Shared custody is not possible under Japanese law, and visiting rights of non-custodial parent is limited or non-existent.

The text points out that under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), every child has the right to maintain a personal relationship and direct contact with both their parents, unless it is contrary to their interests. MEPs urge Japanese authorities to enforce international rules on child protection and to introduce changes to their legal system to allow for shared custody.

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Reuters, 17/06/2020: European lawmakers chide Japan over 'abduction' of children by a parent
NHK News, 09/07/2020: EU urges Japan to act on parental child abduction

European Parliament: Press Release, 08/07/2020: Parliament sounds alarm over children in Japan taken from EU parents

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