The European Parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday calling on Japan to improve its custody rules, which means that European parents in Japan have little recourse in the event of a domestic child abduction by a Japanese spouse.
MEPs are “concerned about the high incidence of child abduction by parents as the Japanese authorities are unwilling to comply with international law,” the resolution said.
The resolution also urged the Japanese authorities to “enforce domestic and foreign court rulings on the return of the child and on access and visit rights after the parents’ relationship has ended, in order to reconcile their domestic laws with their international obligations and obligations.” . “
Members of Parliament regretted that Japan, as a strategic partner, had violated international rules on child abduction.
Japan is already a party to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, an international treaty that provides a framework for the return of a child kidnapped by a parent residing in another country. However, their principles do not directly apply to domestic abductions.
According to the Parliament, in recent years it has “filed numerous appeals against cases of Japanese child abduction and visiting rights of parents where one of the parents is an EU citizen”.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions adopted a similar resolution on this matter last month.