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H.R. 1940: International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2011
112th Congress: 2011-2012

To ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations, to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries, and for other purposes.

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H.R. 1940
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Sailing with my sons… in spirit

Dear Sons,

I went sailing a few days ago. I really wished that you were with me. You were both in my thoughts. It has always been my dream to take you boys for sailing adventures.

Kai (): You were named for the Ocean. To me, the ocean and the wind have always been healing. And sailing has always felt like freedom. I named you Kai because I hoped for you to always have that sense of life, freedom and passion that I always feel when sailing.

Kou (): I gave you the first Kanji in you name and your mother gave you the last. When the kanji are put together, to me it always meant “Ray of Hope”. And that is what you will always be for me… a ray of hope in my life.

I love you sons. You are in my thoughts every single day! I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I still do not know where you are. Your mother still will not respond to me. I live everyday hoping that I can see you soon.

Take care my sons… wherever you are.

-Your Father.

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Congressional Hearing on Child Abduction – Japan is predominant issue

American Government seems to finally be getting serious about getting our kids back from Japan -

Yesterday, July 28th, there was a Congressional Hearing on “Improving Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction” — Japan was the predominate topic of discussion.

Read about the hearing here

Congressional members stated that the US is rapidly losing patentice with Japanese Government’s policy of condoning Child Abuse, Abduction and Humans Rights Violations.

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), says that he feels that we are rapidly approaching the point of starting to actively penalize Japan.

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Japanese Family Court

Hello My Sons,

Your mother is still refusing to let me see or speak with you. I have been told that I must wait two months before I can ask the Japanese court to ask your mom to let me see you. However, if your mom says no, I do not think that the court can actually make your mother let me see you. That is part of the problem with the Japanese system. You have rights to see your father. But the Japanese system will not protect your rights.

If your mom does agree to finally let me see you, I am told that I will have to wait another 2 months before I can see you. I will only be able to see you in a court visiting room for a short time. So, the earliest I can see you is in the middle of November. That will be 8 months since I last was able to speak with you.

If your mom still refuses to let me visit with you, I do not know when I will ever be able to see you.

Understand that this is very wrong. This is not how things should be. You should not be taken away from your father this way. The Japanese system is very broken. Many governments around the world are asking Japan to change. Many other children have aslo been stolen from parents.

Remember, you are Americans. When you are old enough to read and understand this, you can come home to me in America. That is your right. Unfortunately, right now your mother and the Japanese system are trying to deny you those rights. But you will always be welcome home.

I love you sons; with all my heart.

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ABC News – Stories from Left-Behind Fathers

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Japanese Wife talks about “Gaming the System” on ABC News

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Japanese Government’s Policies on Abduction… Hurt’s Japanese Parents Too.

The Personal story of Masako Akeo – A Japanese native who’s Japanese Husband abducted their son from Canada and has since denied Masako access to her son.

Read her full story here

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I miss your voices my sons

My world is not the same without you boys…

Kai: I miss hearing you say, “Papa, let’s play”.

Koh: I miss hearing you saying, “papapapapa… Up papa.  Shoulders papa”.

I miss us all singing “I know, you know” and all of us watching Psych together and laughing at how silly the actors were.

I love you sons.

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Sharing the Stars

Dear Sons,

I walked outside tonight, as I do many nights, looked up at the stars and thought of you two.  I thought about how although I don’t know where in Japan your mom is hiding you, at least I know that we can look upon the same stars.

Looking up, I saw the big dipper and wished you were with me and that I could be teaching you about the constellations and so many other things.  The world can be a magical place and I hope that you are able to learn that.

Hopefully one day, your mother will realize that her actions are wrong and that you need your father in your life.  Hopefully the Japanese Government will stop holding you hostage and return you back to your home – the USA.

I love you sons,

Your Father

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Major Governments of the World Talking About Japan’s Abduction Practices

 

Joint Letter from Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States to the Japanese Government:

http://japan2.usembassy.gov/e/p/tp-20100130-74.html

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/japan-japon/highlights-faits/media-20110209.aspx?lang=eng

Pages from some Countries’  ”State Department/Foreign Ministry” Websites Highlighting Japan’s Policy of Child Abduction and Refusal to Meet International Standards:

  • The United Kingdom – http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/working-with-japan/human-rights/child-abduction
  • The United States - http://travel.state.gov/abduction/country/country_5227.html
    - http://travel.state.gov/abduction/country/country_501.html
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