The Japanese Parliament approves accession to the Hague Convention of 1980 on International Child Abduction
The Asian country begins to cooperate with the international community.
The Japanese Parliament approved the law of ratification of the 1980 Hague Convention on the civil aspects of the international child abduction. Next months, the law will be promulgated by constitutional act by Emperor Akihito. Anyway, it will enter into force in 2014.
The decision of the two houses of the Japanese Parliament is a historic event, because Japan is a real black hole for those foreign parents who claim their children held in Japan by the Japanese parent, often in violation of the judgments of foreign courts.
The central authority will be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will address not only the receipt of the requests coming from other central authorities, but also the mediation of disputes concerning children with dual citizenship held in Japan.
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Published on 12 June 2013
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