Oh boy, here we go! Japanese mothers claiming domestic violence was their reason for kidnapping their kids and escaping to Japan, what will they think of next? Japan is the only modern country that has not ratified the Hague Convention and I have a sinking feeling the histrionic testimony from these mothers may keep that status intact. Nevermind that some Japanese women have been known to take their kids without warning, against orders from the US and Canadian and Australian governments, with their fathers NEVER TO SEE THEM AGAIN.
Is it just me or are they just a teensy bit glossing over the fact that the US or any other government would never force their children to remain with a parent who had been investigated for abuse??
one woman told reporters she began to find inexplicable bruises on her child after her ex-spouse's visitations. She said her child asked to be taken to Japan.
"If Japan were to sign the Hague Convention . . . (my child would) be forced to live with an abusive father and be exposed to violence again," the woman said. "And I will become a (declared) criminal."
Some may recall this came to a head after a woman, dissatisfied with life in the US following a divorce, defied court orders and kidnapped her kids to Japan from Tennessee in 2009. Her ex-husband was arrested when he showed up in Japan seeking custody of the kids.