Happy birthday

Happy 4th birthday, Hugo.  It is hard to believe that you are now a 4 year old boy and it is also very sad that I never got to see you as a 3 year old.

I hope that you have had a very nice day today and enjoyed opening your cards and presents.  I hope that you like the gift that I got for you and enjoy many hours playing with it.  I think my choice was a good one.

It is evening time in Japan now; have a nice evening there whatever you are doing.  I shall be thinking of you in London all day today but especially at 7.01 pm, the time when you were born 4 years ago.

Birthday card 2012


Birthday gift 2012

Your birthday card and present

Hello Hugo

Hello Hugo

It is exactly a year today (Sunday 20th November 2011) that you went through the security control at Heathrow Airport terminal 3 with your mother, Masako.  You took flight NH202 to Tokyo and a connecting flight on to Hiroshima where, as far as I know, you still are.  I, as your father, have not seen or heard from you since that date as your mother decided that I cannot have any contact with the most important person in my life.  I hope that you have received all the letters and gifts that I have sent you over the past year and I was sorry that I could not get to see you when I went to Hiroshima at Christmas last year.

I have set up this blog to mark the year that has passed since I last time I saw you.  The reason for the blog is to re-establish contact with you and for you to know that I am always thinking about you and love you very much.  I hope that it might also also become a useful source of information for you and others who have to face problems like this.  I do not know when I will get to see you again but I will update and expand this blog whenever I can in the hope that one day not too far in the future you will get to see it and see how much you mean to me.



This blog is for my son, Hugo Oliver Daisuke Young.  My name is Richard.  I am a British citizen and I work in the legal field in London, England.

Hugo was born at 7.01pm on Friday,  November 28th, 2008 at the Princes Royal University Hospital near Bromley, just outside London.  He was born at the same time, and had the same weight, as I was, almost exactly 31 years earlier.   His mother, Masako, a Japanese, and I married on Friday, July 19th, 2002 in Yokohama, Japan.  We had met in London in late 1999 and lived and worked in Japan between 2001 and 2002, as soon as I had finished my legal studies, before returning to the UK in the autumn of 2002.

On Sunday, November 20th, 2011, although I did not realise it at the time, Masako abducted Hugo from London’s Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 (ANA flight NH202) to Tokyo with an onward connection to Hiroshima.  I have not seen my son for a single moment since that date, despite having been to Japan for that purpose.  I do not know whether I will ever see him again, either as a child or as an adult.  I miss the happy, adorable and clever little boy every moment of every day.

The above is, obviously, just a short factual summary but I shall expand on it in due course once I get used to navigating around this blog.

This blog is being set up one year to the day after Hugo’s abduction primarily so that I can re-establish contact with, and then keep in touch with, my son.  A secondary objective is to raise awareness of the issue of international parental child abduction and provide what I hope might become a  useful resource in terms of the issue in the context of Japan, particularly by drawing on my knowledge of the law.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

London, England