Can Japan's New Custody Laws Reunite Parents and Children? | Children's rights

101 East examines whether reforms to Japan's sole custody system will end parental child abduction.

In Japan, sole custody was awarded to one parent after a divorce for decades. Critics say this has encouraged parents to legally kidnap their children and cut off contact with the other parent.

Some heartbroken mothers and fathers have not seen their children for years, and the children are now speaking openly about the trauma they have experienced.

Under international pressure, Japan is reforming its sole custody system, but many are resisting these changes.

101 East examines whether new reforms to Japan's sole custody system will stop parental child abductions.

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