Parents urge Clinton to press Japan on child custody
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jul 09
Around 40 Japanese and Japan-based foreign parents who are separated from their children due to divorce or marital disputes marched in downtown Tokyo on Sunday to solicit the help of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in pressing Japan to address the issue of child custody.
With Japan yet to fix a schedule for ratifying an international treaty to help settle cross-border child custody disputes, the parents shouted "Stop child abduction" and "Sign the Hague" convention in the busy Ginza shopping district. Clinton is visiting Tokyo to attend an international conference on aid for Afghanistan.
Although the government submitted a bill to endorse the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in March, parliament is yet to begin deliberations on it due to political struggles over a planned increase in the nation's sales tax rate.
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