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Ted Talk

2016

Dr Jennifer Harman

Parental Alienation / Gender Stereotypes


Ted Talk

2020

Susan Shofer

When Your Ex Turns Your Child Against You


Parental Alienation

Cases of parental abduction to and within Japan in most situations are followed with a campeign of paretnal alienation by the abducting parent upon their own child.

Parental alienation describes a process through which a child becomes estranged from a parent as the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent. Most cases of parental child abduction to and within Japan involving parental alienation include false allegations of domestic violence. The child and the targeted alienated parent both become victims of the alienating parent. The effects upon the child are deeply harmful.

Unfortunately, parental alienation in Japan unlike in many other countries is not seen as a crime and is not investigated by family courts in Japan. The effects of parental alienation in Japan are severe and comlete. As the left behind parent has no means of access at all to their child, or for the Japanese law to enforce any access (it is left to the decision of the alienating parent) there is no way to limit, reduce or prevent the alienation from happening.

Alienating parents seem to have little regard to the extreme negative lifelong effects their actions have upon their own child. Parental alienation enflicts severe mental pain and trauma upon the child that is victim to this. Helping to understand parental alienation, why it happens, who does it and its effects - a number of Ted Talks and research notes on the wider issue (not Japan specific) are provided below.



Governments Around the World Need To Act

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY9vzsoJ0nQ

2012 Australian TV Documentary:

Harrowing and insightful documentay highlighting the issues in Japan of international parental child abductions, kidnapping and parental alienation to and within Japan.

Why is Japan allowing this to happen

Japan is doing little to solve this issue

Documentary made pre Japan signing the Hague Convention in 2014. Since signing the Hague Convention, little has changed. These same problems still exist. Japan has a poor record of stalling Hague Convention cases, not enforcing Hague Convention cases, processing Hague Cases as "resolved" when time has dropped the case off the system and the child has not been returned or reunited with their left behind parent.

The children in this documentary have still not been reunited with their parents.

Why is Japan allowing this to happen

Japan is doing little to solve this issue

International Pressure on Japan is needed. The governments of countries around the world need to act together to protect their children and citizens from being abducted to and within Japan.

Governments around the world need to make clear to Japan that this is not acceptable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzE914S8kZg

2013 Documentary:

Detailing the struggle of international parents and children that have become the victims of parental child abductions, kidnappings and parental alienation to and within Japan.

Why is Japan allowing this to happen

Japan is doing little to solve this issue

Documentary made pre Japan signing the Hague Convention in 2014. Since signing the Hague Convention, little has changed. These same problems still exist. Japan has a poor record of stalling Hague Convention cases, not enforcing Hague Convention cases, processing Hague Cases as "resolved" when time has dropped the case off the system and the child has not been returned or reunited with their left behind parent.

Despite the efforts of the USA Law Makers, Senate and Scretary of State at the time, Hillary Clinton becoming involved and raising the issue. Japan remains evasive.

Why is Japan allowing this to happen

Japan is doing little to solve this issue

International Pressure on Japan is needed. The governments of countries around the world need to act together to protect their children and citizens from being abducted to and within Japan.

Governments around the world need to make clear to Japan that this is not acceptable.

Sayonara Baby

From The Shadows

2020 YouTuber Documentary:

Japan based YouTube documentor "Nobita from Japan" outlines the pressing  issues of parental child abductions, kidnapping and parental alienation of children both to and within Japan.

Why is Japan still allowing this to happen

Japan is still doing little to solve this issue

- Children are still suffering

- Children are not being reunited with their left behind parent

- Japan is not acting in good faith

- Japan is still encouraging parental abductions of children

- Japan does not recognise joint custody or the rights of the child and their left behind parent to have contact with eachother

- Japan is not fulfilling its responsibilities and comitments to United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which it became signatory to in 1994.

- Despite becoming signatory to the Hague Convention in 2014, little has changed. Abducted children to or within Japan are not being returned home

- The number and frequency of child abductions to and withing Japan is increasing year on year, this is an issue that will not be resolved until Japan changes its policies and stop allowing and facilitating abductions.

Japan's Child Abductions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-iJXWb4xYY

INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE IS NEEDED TO SOLVE JAPAN'S CHILD ABDUCTION ISSUES AND POLICIES

Governments of countries around the world need to act together to protect their children from being abducted to and within Japan.

Governments around the world need to make it clear to Japan that this is not acceptable.

In June 2020, the E.U, issued a formal complaint to Japan on child abductions of its citizens.

In August 2020 the United States Senate issued a formal complaint to Japan on the number of child abductions of its citizens to and within Japan.

All countries who have not yet acted and have children / citizens victim of Japan's parental child abduction policy need to act.

Britain and other countries around the world must join with the E.U and America in protecting the rights of it's children and make it clear to Japan that child abductions are not acceptable and if necessary impose sanctions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyCQG2puUQ8

Testimony Of Two Left Behind Parents To E.U Council

February 2020:

Getting Europe to act. Japan residents Vincent Fichot (a French citizen) and Tommaso Perina (Italian) presented a petition to the European Union's legislative assembly in Brussels, requesting sanctions as a countermeasure against cases of parental child abduction affecting Europeans living in Japan.

Other governments around the world must also take this issue as seriouysly as the E.U to protect their children and citizens.

Britain especially, despite knowing about these issues for over 10 years has not yet acted.

Japan will not change without international pressure. Britain must act.

Britain and other countires must uphold the values of childrens rights and make it clear to Japan that their actions of allowing and facilitating child abductions, parental alienation is not acceptable.

Japan Child Abduction French TV Documentary (English Subtitles)

2019 French Documentary:

Documentary following and highlighting the struggles of a French parent with international joint custody rights trying to find their child after they were abducted to Japan

Battling to overcome the effects of parental alienation and trying to find their abducted child in Japan, this is an excellent documentary filled with emotion and frustration and uncovering in detail the problem of Japan's sole custody law, lack of family laws to protect children, Japan's abuse of internationally upheld laws and how Japan's current system allows, encourages and enforces international child abductions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJVKHztFQUc

STOP Japan's Child Abductions

Britain Needs to Act

Europe & America Have Taken Action

May 5th Is Childrens Day In Japan

2020 YouTube Short by Japan Children Rights:

Touching and emotional YouTube short by Japan Children Rights highlighting the issue of Japan's parental child abduction issues.

Hitting home particularly is the scale of the problem of parental abductions and aliention in Japan - not just affecting internatrional parents and children but also the hundreds of thousands of Japanese parents and children who are suffering every day being denied a loving relationship with eachother under Japan's system of sole custody, poor family law, non upholding of the Hague Convention, circumventing the rights of children under UNCRC and allowing children to be abused by their abducting parent.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaflK6u7wXM

VIDEO MEDIA

ARTICLES & POSTS

CBC World News: Canadian fights to see son in Japan, where legal system leaves many parents behind

Japan Times: Divorced fathers fight for right to see children

Hanada News: Darkness of child abduction business

Hanada News: Darkness of child abduction business - Here are the "Villains" who killed the Hague Convention

BBC News: Japan custody heartache for foreign fathers

BBC News: Australian journalist freed in Japan after arrest for trying to see his children

BOOKS & PRINT MEDIA

Alex Kahney: Life And Nihonjin

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Alex Kahney: Life Goes On

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Reuters: Perents' lawsuit accuses Japan of double standard on child abductions

https://vimeo.com/6575157

BBC - The One Show Japan Child Abduction Segment 2009

2009 Featured Segment:

BBC - The One Show - Segment covering Japan Child Abduction and inerview with Shane Clarke, a British parent of two kidnapped and alienated children to Japan in 2008.

Filmed pre Japan signing the Hague Convention in 2014, the segment gives hope that things may change once Japan signs the Hague Convention. However, Since signing the Hague Convention in 2014, little has changed. These same problems still exist. Japan has a poor record of stalling Hague Convention cases, not enforcing Hague Convention cases, processing Hague Cases as "resolved" when time has dropped the case off the system and the child has not been returned or reunited with their left behind parent.

Despite the many years that have passed, Shane Clarke has still not been reunited with his children and is still fighting to be reunited with them.

Why is Japan allowing this to happen

Japan is doing little to solve this issue

International Pressure on Japan is needed. The governments of countries around the world need to act together to protect their children and citizens from being abducted to and within Japan.

Governments around the world need to make clear to Japan that this is not acceptable.

Guardian: Custody battle in Japan highlights loophole in child abduction cases

Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome

2016

Dr Amy Baker

Adult Children Of Parental Alienation Syndrome


"I have been alienated from my children for years".

"My empty house in Tokyo ... one day my girls will run up and down those stairs again, and burst in and out those rooms and sit warmly in that bath again. They will chase away the ghosts of that haunted place".

"The (Japanese) courts will do nothing for you. Courts are there to apply laws. There are no laws against your wife taking your children".

"The (Japanese) court takes an action of dragging on cases forever while always hinting that they will be able to help you so as to prevent you from doing anything desperate, ... knowing that months and years of separation will wear you down until you realize your children have forgotten you". ...

"I returned home, my wife had took my children ... The nightmare had truly begun. I was about to discover that in Japan, a Japanese person can abduct anyone they like, with the help of the police, the kids' school, all the neighbors, everyone in cahoots".

"I went to the (Japanese) police and reported that my wife had abducted our children with no court order, no divorce, no permission, no agreement in place. The desk sergent, when I told him my wife had run away with the children, laughed to his associate".

"I next went to the British embassy, whose official informed me that they were unable to do anything to help get my children back".

"Child abduction in Japan is notorious". ...

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"I had no idea that a terrible nightmare was just about to begin ... the memories of this very moment will be etched into my mind forever ... I opened the door to the hotel room, my wife and two year old son were suddently no longer present, had disappeared, vanished into thin air ... I was paralyzed in a state of overwhelming panic and shock ... my wife had abducted our son".

"I found out that instead of arresting (abducting) criminals, Japanese police arrested the victimised parents trying to revover or reconnect with their children ... the Japanese government is supportive of crime and human rights abuse against innocent children. Pretending to resolve cases without taking meaningful action. Japanese lawyers counsel potential child abductors on how to make kidnappings successful. Japanese courts assist in these crimes and child abuse, by furnishing rulings which assist kidnapping criminals and forever separate parents and children"

"To observers viewing the nicely polished surface, it would no doubt appear that Japan was Hague Abduction Convention compliant. In reality the convention made no difference ... It was easy to conclude that Japan was non-compliant with the Hague Abduction Convention". ...

Henrik Teton: Kidnapped In Japan - A True Story

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The Washinton Post: In Japan, divorce can mean loosing access to children. Many parents want to change this

GaijinPot Blog: Divorce with Kids in Japan - Part.1 - Her Mother Kidnapped Her

GaijinPot Blog: Divorce with Kids in Japan - Part.2 - The Stress of No Joint Child Custody

Japan Times: Three years after Japan signed Hague, parents who abduct still win

Spectator: Why doesn't Japan take child abduction seriously

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Hasumi Toshiko: Kidnapping Your Own Child - The Child Abduction Problem

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Released November 2020. Japanese Manga / Book - Kidnapping Your Own Child: The Child Abduction Problem. Describing the current situation of child abduction in Japan and why Japan has come to be known by the rest of the world as the "Child Abduction Kingdom" is becoming a best seller in book stores within Japan.

Earning 5 star reviews and dealing expertly with topics of how and why parental abductions take place to / within Japan, the false accusations of domestic violence that accompany many parental child abductions, parental alienation, and the role the Japanese state and legal professions play legalising parental child abduction in Japan. An excellent book that will hopefully be read by potential child abductors and those who have abducted, it highlights the harm that is caused upon their own children by doing this.  

(Japanese language publication only at the moment - hopefully translations into other languages will follow)