Happy new year, Hugo – and readers of this blog.
Twenty-fourteen was a better year for abducted children in Japan. It was the year in which the Hague Convention finally came into force in Japan. It also saw the first actual (albeit voluntary) return of an abducted child from Japan in mid-October and the first court order for the return of a child on 19 November, the day before the third anniversary of your abduction to Japan. I was pleased to get a letter about the issue published in the Japan Times in June. Most importantly, I received one piece of news about you in late August. The year 2014 also saw the 100th post on this blog, coinciding by date with your 6th birthday in November; roughly-speaking that equates to a post just over every week since the blog was set up in November 2012.
As I did around this time last year, here are some photographs of the places visited by me in the year 2014 so that you can see for yourself. The photographs were all taken by me so please excuse the lack of skill in taking them.
All my best wishes for 2015.
Further (New Year 2015) Reading:
Oxenholme/Kendal – December 2014
Birmingham – November 2014
Venice, Italy – October 2014
Sheffield – August 2014
Durham – July 2014
Buxton – May 2014