Year in Review - 2013
This is the first year in review of Kizuna Child-Parent Reunion. Highlights of the year included passage of legislation in the National Diet for Japan to join the Hague Convention. This included many sessions of public debate. There was also passage of HR 3212 in the US House of Representatives.Kizuna CPR was active in several awareness-raising events and public speaking events that were documented in news articles and media stories, while we shared these with our friends and supporters on social media. New relations with government officials of several countries were forged and existing relations progressed. Several reunions between children and parents were facilitated and observed by our efforts. We expect that in 2014 there will be many happy child-parent reunions and the prevention of future cases.
Kizuna CPR awareness raising event Sept 7 Kizuna CPR awareness raising event Nov 23
with Kimidori Ribbon with Kimidori Ribbon
4 - Japan Times article by Masami Ito "Child Custody Injustices Hard to Fix"
14 - raising awareness on Coming of Age Day
16 - attended Hague MoFA symposium
official legal incorporation approved
12 - mailed letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry
28 response from US Department of State
7 - spoke with US Ambassador Roos
19 - attended National Diet testimony of Mr. Yasuyuki Watanabe and Dr. Takao Tanase in House Judicial Affairs committee
23 - Japanese House of Representatives passes legislation to join Hague Convention
16 - attended FCCJ event with Councilor Yuichi Mayama, Dr. Takao Tanase, and Masako Akeo
19 - Daily Beast Article by Nathalie Stucky & Jake Adelstein "Japan's Child Kidnapping Problem"
20 - attended symposium of retired CA family court judge Leonard Edwards
22 - Japanese House of Councilors passes legislation to join Hague Convention
22 - ABC Australia Internet Radio Interview
25 - Kyodo/Japan Times article "Care Urged for Split Families when Japan Joins Hague Pact"
5 - attended FCCJ screening of FTS
8 - screened FTS in Ginza 8 chome
12 - Japanese House of Councilors passes legislation to join Hague Convention
18 - Joined ACCJ – orientation event
1 - met Ambassador Roos farewell luncheon
started Twitter account
Indiegogo fundraising campaign July - September
29 - presented to Mita no Ie
8 - article in Japan Subculture Research by Natalie Stucky
"As Japan moves toward recognizing joint custody, a father nourishes hope for reunion..."
17 - publication of Vancouver Sun article by Daphne Brabham
Aug 16 attended opening ceremony, Aug 17 dinner reception, and Aug 24 closing ceremony
7 - Sakuragicho awareness raising event with Kimidori Ribbon
21 - attended ACCJ walkathon
21 - attended college expo in Akihabara
28 - TEDxYouth workshop
15 - new logo created
Stolen. Concert series:
Nov 2 Black Sheep, Nov 9 Reno's Bistro, Nov 22 Crawfish, Concert for Kids, Nov 30 Reno's Bistro
14 - met Mr. Nishioka government official administering Hague Convention in Japan
17 - TEDxYouth talk
23 - Jiyugaoka awareness raising event with Kimidori Ribbon
27 - ACCJ Welcome Luncheon for Ambassador Kennedy
30 - Charity Ball spoke with Caroline Kennedy
7 - TEDxMarunouchiWomen talk
8 - met Dutch Ambassador van Vollenhoven
11 - HR 3212 House of Representatives vote 398 - 0
22 - Sakuragicho awareness raising event with Kimidori Ribbon
Consultation and Advice in cases
Helped an American, two Australian, and a Canadian parent locate their children. In two cases, the visitation effort was successful, and the responses of the children were very positive.
Advised dozens of parents including Americans, Australians, Canadians, Germans, Philipinos, Spanish and Japanese about the abduction issue.
Kizuna Child-Parent Reunion would like to acknowldge the efforts of many interested stakeholders too numerous to list here, both organizations and individuals, from around the world that contributed to the achievement of these accomplishments in 2013.
At times it may seem this is a long journey, but it is made easier by everyone helping the collective effort toward systemic change every step of the way. When we work together, then we can solve what seem to be insurmountable problems that no one individual can solve alone. When we help others, then everyone benefits. We are extremely grateful for your assistance and support in these endeavors in which we all share and look forward to working together in 2014.
Our continuing efforts and successes can only be ensured by your kind financial donations that help provide crucial resources for programs, events and services.