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State Department pressed for action on abduction cases

A New Jersey congressman says the U.S. government needs to get tougher in its efforts to recover abducted children living in other countries.


WASHINGTON – Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey continued to hammer the U.S. government Thursday over a string of international child abduction cases that remain unresolved, including several from his home state.

“The status quo is simply not adequate,” Smith said at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on global human rights and international organizations, which he chairs.

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U.S. tells Japan to address child abductions but balks at sanctions

AFP-JIJI (May 11, 2013)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department called Thursday for Japan to take action on child abductions but rejected lawmakers’ calls to pose the threat of sanctions to force action on one of the allies’ few open disputes.

Hundreds of non-Japanese parents, mostly men from the United States and elsewhere, have lost access to their children as their estranged partners whisked them away to Japan, where joint custody is never granted.

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A ‘dad’ is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children with youngsters happy to forgo the latest iPad, toy or new pet, a survey has found.

By Hannah Furness

8:41AM GMT 24 Dec 2012

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.

But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead.

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The latest by Colin Jones. Japan again fails to live up to tis promises, and remains a pariah in the international community for that failure.

— Tony




It’s past midnight but child-abduction treaty promise is not yet a pumpkin



Despite much promise and a flurry of activity, it didn’t happen: Japan failed to ratify the Hague Convention on international child abduction and pass the extensive piece of accompanying domestic legislation the government felt was necessary in order for it to do so. Both items on the Diet agenda were left up in the air when it closed for business on Sept. 8, with an election for the House of Representatives expected to be held before the end of the year.

This is a most unfortunate result, particularly for the children of feuding international marriages who will continue to face the risk of being spirited to abduction-friendly Japan by one of their parents. For those who have already lost children to Japan this way and the foreign diplomats and others who have been calling on Japan to ratify the treaty for years, the Diet’s failure may seem like more of the same: yet another excuse to be thrown up by a government that has no intention of signing a widely adopted international convention.

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Dear Lili,

This is why, after she and I split up. I never said anything bad to you about your mother.


Your Dad



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Expectations low as Hague signing approaches

Treaty seen by many as mere window dressing in hunt for international community’s approval

Several months ago I made a bet with a friend about how the Hague Convention on international child abduction will be applied after Japan finishes implementing it through domestic legislation. My bet was this: If a Japanese court ever does order the return of a child wrongfully brought or retained here, the first case will be one in which both parents are non-Japanese. Needless to say, I hope to lose.

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Divorce and Child Custody Issues in the Japanese Legal System

Colin P.A. Jones
Professor, Doshisha University Law School

Professor Colin P.A. Jones
(Photo by Shinchosha)


Japan has developed a growing reputation as a haven for international parental child abduction. Major media outlets in the United States and other countries have brought attention to a number of recent cases of children being unilaterally removed by a Japanese parent from the United States before or after divorce, often in violation of American law and court orders.

Attempts to achieve the return of children taken to Japan through the Japanese legal system tend to be unsuccessful. As a result, some children who were born and raised in the United States have lost all contact with an American parent and other relatives, American friends, and the American part of their heritage as a consequence. The apparent lack of legal remedies for abduction in Japan is due to a number of factors that are discussed in more detail below.

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US girl reunited with father after 4 years in Japan

CHICAGO — Nearly four years after his ex-wife spirited their daughter away to Japan and blocked nearly all his attempts to see her, a Wisconsin doctor welcomed his little girl home Friday — just in time for Christmas. “My heart is pounding, 

Daughter in custody rift returns from Japan

Kansas City Star
By BRUCE VIELMETTI MILWAUKEEJust in time for Christmas, a Fox Point man was reunited Friday with his young daughter whose mother fled with her to Japan nearly four years ago at the start of the couple’s divorce. The girl’s return also freed her mother 

Fox Point Dad Gets Daughter Back From Japan In Time For Christmas

WISN Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — A 9-year-old girl is back with her father in Milwaukee following an international custody battle between an American parent and the Japanese government. It was a battle that many other American parents have never won. 

Fox Point man reunited with abducted daughter

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel Just in time for Christmas, a Fox Point man was reunited Friday with his young daughter whose mother fled with her to Japan nearly four years ago at the start of the couple’s divorce. 

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Patrick Braden, CEO, Global Future

(213) 392-5872 or global.future@yahoo.com


Kidnapped Milwaukee Girl Returns from Japan in Time for Christmas

Fox Point Doctor’s Daughter is First-Ever Abducted American Child Returned from Japan

WHAT: Press Conference to announce and discuss the return of Dr. Moises Garcia’s nine year-old daughter from Japan, following her kidnapping from Milwaukee in 2008.

WHEN: Saturday, December 24, 2011, 11 AM

WHERE: Pfister Hotel, Kennedy Room Conference Center, 424 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

WHO: Dr. Moises Garcia; Patrick Braden, Founder, Global Future; Takashi Ikeda, Japanese Attorney for Garcia family in Japan; possible speakers to include; Milwaukee County District Attorney (representative to be determined) and Attorney James Sakar (Wisconsin Attorney). Possible VIP’s may be added pending availability.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS: All speakers will be available for interviews following the press conference.

ABOUT GLOBAL FUTURE: Since 2006, Patrick Braden, Dr. Garcia, and Global Future’s member parents, whose children were kidnapped from the United States to Japan and other countries, have lobbied over 600 days on Capitol Hill and held over 2,000 meetings with the administration, members of Congress, law enforcement officials, and NGOs. Global Future’s efforts have been responsible for the passage of legislation, key public policy research, and improvements in the U.S. government’s handling of international kidnappings. Global Future parents assist new members in communicating with public officials and agencies, and with individual case management, protocols, and strategies. Global Future publishes and distributes various materials including our 32-page magazine American Citizen Children Kidnapped by Japan, which U.S. officials acknowledge as a very strong tool in their work on the international kidnapping issue.


Global Future: The Parents’ Council on International Children’s Policy

P.O Box 861892, Los Angeles, California 90086

Phone: (213) 392-5872 global.future@yahoo.com

Global Future advocates for every child’s right to two loving parents.


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MEDIA ADVISORY Final_Version 12-22-2011


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Caught Between Parents

Supporting children through the challenges of divorce
by Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D.

Parental Alienation: Prevention is the key

Parental alienation: Prevention is the key
Published on April 14, 2011 by Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D. in Caught Between Parents

Parental alienation is a set of strategies that parents use to undermine and interfere with a child’s relationship with his or her other parent. This often but not always happens when parents are engaged in a custody battle over the children.

There is no one definitive set of behaviors that constitute parental alienation but research with both parents and children has revealed a core set of 17 primary parental alienation strategies, including bad-mouthing the other parent, limiting contact with that parent, erasing the other parent from the life and mind of the child (forbidding discussion and pictures of the other parent), forcing child to reject the other parent, creating the impression that the other parent is dangerous, forcing the child to choose, and belittling and limiting contact with the extended family of the targeted parent.

Taken together, these 17 parental alienation strategies work to create psychological distance between the child and the targeted parent such that the relationship becomes conflict ridden and eventually non-existent, as the child is empowered to cut that parent off completely. Each of these strategies serve to A) further the child’s cohesion and alignment with the alienating parent; B) create psychological distance between the child and the targeted parent; C) intensify the targeted parent’sanger and hurt over the child’s behavior; and D) incite conflict between the child and the targeted parent should the targeted parent challenge or react to the child’s behavior.

Parents who try to alienate their child from his or her other parent convey a three-part message to the child: (1) I am the only parent who loves you and you need me to feel good about yourself, (2) the other parent is dangerous and unavailable, and (3) pursuing a relationship with that parent jeopardizes your relationship with me.

Children who succumb to the pressure and ally themselves with one parent against the other often exhibit a set of behaviors that have become known as parental alienation syndrome:
(1) The first manifestation is a campaign of denigration against the targeted parent. The child becomes obsessed with hatred of the targeted parent (in the absence of actual abuse or neglect that would explain such negative attitudes).
(2) Weak, frivolous, and absurd rationalizations for the depreciation of the targeted parent. The objections made in the campaign of denigration are often not of the magnitude that would lead a child to hate a parent, such as slurping soup or serving spicy food.
(3) Lack of ambivalence about the alienating parent. The child expresses no ambivalence about the alienating parent, demonstrating an automatic, reflexive, idealized support of him or her.
(4) The child strongly asserts that the decision to reject the other parent is her own. This is what is known as the “Independent Thinker” phenomenon.
(5) Absence of guilt about the treatment of the targeted parent. Alienated children will make statements such as, “He doesn’t deserve to see me.”
(6) Reflexive support for the alienating parent in the parental conflict. There is no willingness or attempt to be impartial when faced with inter-parental conflicts.
(7) Use of borrowed scenarios. These children often make accusations towards the targeted parent that utilize phrases and ideas adopted wholesale from the alienating parent. And, finally,
(8) The hatred of the targeted parent spreads to his or her extended family. Not only is the targeted parent denigrated, despised, and avoided but so too are his/her entire family. Formerly beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are suddenly avoided and rejected. When children exhibit these 8 behaviors the most likely explanation is the manipulation of the favored parent.

Once children exhibit these behaviors much of the damage is done. Prevention is critical as it is easier to stop children from becoming alienated than it is to undo the alienation once the children have adopted false ideas and feelings about the rejected parent. For this reason, parents who are concerned about the use of alienation strategies on the part of the other parent should become educated as quickly as possible about different options for responding to parental alienation.



Resources for targeted parents are available at www.amyjlbaker.com.


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