Every Child

Has Two Parents


Legal Domestic Abduction (Forced Retention of Children In Japan)


When a married couple is living together in Japan, one parent may suddenly just leave with the children. They may also go to a relative's home or they may go into hiding. Since while married, both parents have shared custody, this is legal.  But due to Antiquated Child Custody Laws, Antiquated Child Visitation Laws, and the reluctance of police and the courts to get involved, possession of the children becomes permanent.  This permanence is usually recognized in subsequent divorce proceedings, and since visitation is un-enforceable, the "other" parent loses access to their children.  Because the result is generally the same as International Parental Abduction, we refer to this situation as "Legal Abduction In Japan."

Solutions We Want To See



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The information on this website concerns a matter of public interest, and is provided for educational and informational purposes only in order to raise public awareness of issues concerning left-behind parents. Unless otherwise indicated, the writers and translators of this website are not lawyers nor professional translators, so be sure to confirm anything important with your own lawyer.

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