2018 - Year in Review

 

January & February

 

Italian, French, and German articles: Linkiesta Jan 28, Liberation Jan 29, Der Spiegel Feb 3

 

March

March 15 – Japan Supreme Court ruling on US Hague/Japan Habeas Corpus case from Nagoya High Court,

and remanded to Nagoya High Court, undue influence, retention of child clearly illegal

 

March 15 – Japan Times article

Supreme Court breaks new ground, ruling in favor of U.S.-based Japanese father in international custody battle

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/15/national/crime-legal/supreme-court-breaks-new-ground-ruling-favor-u-s-based-japanese-father-international-custody-battle/

 

March 30 – EU demarche letter served to Minister of Justice Kamikawa, became public

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001257587.pdf

 

April

April 11 – Congressman Chris Smith hearing, James Cook testifies

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-115hhrg29692/pdf/CHRG-115hhrg29692.pdf

 

April 11 – USA Today article

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/11/lawmaker-u-s-needs-pressure-japan-comply-international-child-abduction-laws/508880002/

 

April 24 – US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on IPCA

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/abducted-abroad-exploring-the-plight-of-international-parental-child-abduction-and-its-effect-on-american-families

 

April 26 – G7 Kidnapped to Japan Reunification Project

International Alliance Partners G7 letter published, written in six languages EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, and JA

#G7KidnappedToJapan #KidnappedToJapan

https://www.kizuna-cpr.org/g7-kidnapped-to-japan

 

April 27 – Minister of Justice Kamikawa response to EU letter of March

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001257588.pdf

May

May 7 – Orizzontinternazionali article

https://www.orizzontinternazionali.org/2018/05/22/child-abduction-issues-in-japan-the-turning-point/

https://www.kizuna-cpr.org/oi-5-7-2018

May 15 – Paris Seminar and recording teaching how to abduct and get non-return order

http://www.bachome.org/news/caught-japan-seminar-on-how-to-abduct

 

May 16 – US Goldman Act Compliance report, Japan cited as non-compliant

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/NEWIPCAAssets/pdfs/AnnualReports/2018%20Annual%20Report%20on%20International%20Child%20Abduction%20FINAL1.pdf

 

May 18 – U.S. cites Japan for noncompliance with Hague treaty on cross-border parental child abductions

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/18/national/social-issues/japan-u-s-list-nations-noncompliant-hague-treaty-cross-border-parental-child-abductions/

 

June

June 26 – Minister of Justice Kamikawa gives press conference announcing initiative of reforming enforcement procedure (prompted by Goldman Act non-compliance)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/26/national/crime-legal/justice-ministry-panel-looks-enforce-custody-transfers-absence-uncooperative-parents/

 

July

July 15 – Minister of Justice Kamikawa talks about joint custody, front page Yomiuri Shimbun print edition

http://oyako-law.org/swfu/d/20180715Yomiuri1.pdf

 

July 17 – Nagoya High Court case, parent and child flee after return order

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20180717/k10011537371000.html

 

August

 

September

September 11 – US Goldman Act Action report,

Japan demarches listed and expectation of progress on timeline with possible consideration of further tools

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/NEWIPCAAssets/pdfs/AnnualReports/Final%2090%20Day%20ICAPRA%20Action%20Report%20for%20TSG.pdf

 

October

October 20 & 21 – CGP 2018 Seminar on Supervised Visitation

https://tinyurl.com/cgp2018seminar-register

 

October 23 – AFP article, widely run on many newspapers around the world, websites in several languages

https://www.france24.com/en/20181023-foreign-parents-fight-vain-custody-japan

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6305695/Foreign-parents-fight-vain-custody-Japan.html

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/25/national/crime-legal/foreign-parents-fight-vain-custody-children-japan-despite-hague-convention/

 

November

Japan Diet questioning by Seiichi Kushida about visitation, joint custody, enforcement procedure

2018年11月16日 衆議院法務委員会 子の拉致実効支配の継続性に対する虚偽答弁

http://www.shugiintv.go.jp/jp/index.php?ex=VL&deli_id=48466&media_type=

 

December

December 10 – Congressional Hearing Representative Chris Smith Chair

Jeffery Morehouse testifies

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-reviewing-international-child-abduction/

December 20 – FCCJ press conference Ueno, Odagiri, Perina, Fichot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R8KBWtvtLY