Potentially, a significant step in the right direction…

Japan to work with foreign entities in Hague Convention

10:00 pm, March 25, 2015

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Foreign Ministry plans to introduce a system in which the arbitration entities of Japan and other countries will cooperate in meeting the demands of parents overseas, such as in the return of, and meeting with, their children in international child custody disputes.

The new system is designed to promote successful solutions by compiling arbitration proposals, in cooperation with lawyers and experts in the countries of each parent. The ministry plans to make arrangements with such nations as Germany, Britain, the United States and Australia, and aims to fully implement the system from April next year.

Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a foreign parent whose child is removed from their country of residence to Japan by the child’s Japanese parent has options, such as filing for their children’s return, through family courts in either Tokyo or Osaka and using the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system, in which Japanese arbitration bodies provide meditation in disputes.

Source:  “Japan to work with foreign entities in Hague Convention”, The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 March 2015


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