22 May 2013

Japanese Parliament Adopts Hague Abduction Convention

The BBC has reported that the upper and lower houses of the Japanese parliament have now voted to adopt the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The convention is very important in family law cases, and allows the parent of a child who has been wrongfully taken by the other parent to another country to begin a process that may result in an order being made for the return of the child in that country.

Japan was the only one of the Group of Eight industrialized nations not to have signed the Convention and had been subject to much international pressure as a result. Ratification is expected in early 2014.