Japan has been removed from the US State Department`s black list of countries that are noncompliant with The Hague Convention on cross border child abduction. The annual report released last week, noted that Japan has made legislative efforts to better enforce the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction which Japan joined in 2014. This article was soured from the Japan Times, Washington, Jiei/Kyodo.
We find some of these stories shocking as Japan is viewed as a high tech economic super power but on some social issues, the Japanese people are more traditional but are moving forward. This Hague Convention seems to be one of these cases.
The legislation originally required a parent living with a child to be present when the child was handed over to the other parent. The new custody laws require that only one parent be present when the child is turned over, rather than both parents. The revision removes a rule that has been used by some parents who pretend they are not home, thus preventing the child from visiting the other parent. The new law encourages police an other law enforcement to shield the child from unpleasant experience when handovers take place.