Child abduction in Japan: divorced Japanese wife fined heavily by US court
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
Christopher Savoie and his family members in America have been going through hell because of the blatant violation of international law in Japan. This applies to allowing Japanese parents to violate the laws of all other nations during child custody cases.
In other words, Japan is allowing child abduction by the policy of inaction and reducing international legal orders to nothing. Therefore, Christopher Savoie, and countless other left behind parents, continually hit both “a wall of silence” in Japan and “a wall of ignorance and deceit.”
According to legal documents Christopher Savoie had legal rights to see his children on a regular basis and because of this a court in Tennessee fined his former wife heavily. His ex-partner was fined $6.1 million dollars and this applies to damages.
At the moment this is just “a moral victory” but until Japan takes child abduction seriously then it is “a hollow victory.”
After all, with each passing day his children face cultural alienation and parental alienation. Also, it is possible that his children are being manipulated by his divorced wife but this is speculation; however, given the fact that he is being denied access to his children then it a possible scenario to say the least.
The monetary factor is not a concern for Christopher Savoie because it is all about his children whom he loves and cherishes dearly.
All he wants, like all responsible parents, is to see his children, care for them, watch them grow up, help to educate them, and enjoy many special moments.
However, the legal system does not concern itself with the rights or wrongs of child abduction in Japan. Therefore, Japanese parents know full well that Japan will protect them because international child abduction is a fact of life in Japan and little changes apart from greater international pressure.
Takeaki Matsumoto, Foreign Minister, stated that “The ruling (of the U.S. court) was made from a different legal background from Japan’s,” Matsumoto said at a press conference Tuesday. “Ultimately, I think Japan should abide by international rules on jurisdiction (over child custody disputes) when so many people cross borders, get married and then their marriages fail.”
In my article called Japan and the Hague Convention: but will foreign parents really see their kids? I state that newspapers in Japan keep on commenting that “Critics have raised concerns over joining the pact, saying it could endanger Japanese parents and kids who have fled abusive relationships.”
Randy Collins, father of Keisuke Christian Collins, stated in his article called The Façade of Honor and Respect that “Another façade by the Japanese is that when confronted with these staggering numbers, the same mantra is said over and over again: ‘We are protecting our women and children from abuse of the Americans’.”
Randy Collins is spot on because in the same article I comment that “….when did Japan take child abuse seriously? In 2008 you had 42,664 cases of child abuse and in 2009 you had 44,210 cases of child abuse. New laws passed were meant to give welfare workers more power to apply for warrants in child abuse cases.”
“However, in 2008 only two warrants were asked for and astonishingly in 2009 only one warrant was asked for. This fact paints a different picture to the one being painted by Akiko Oshima and her statement should have been backed up by facts.”
“Therefore, basically, out of over 86,000 reports of child abuse only three child warrants were asked for. Given this, then clearly the rights of the child in Japan is not being taken seriously and Akiko Oshima should focus on reforming the Japanese legal system and systematic thinking; rather than making “sweeping comments” and implying that Japan is a haven for child rights who are being protected by abusive foreign fathers.”
My reference to Akiko Oshima who is a marriage counselor applies to her stating that “These women, who come back, do not do it because they want to.”
“They feel this is the only way out. They want their child to be brought up in Japan, and not in the host country where the father is abusive and she has no control over her children’s education, and so forth. Not even, say, getting a job to support herself. This is the problem.”
If only Akiko Oshima would open her eyes to child abuse in Japan and the fact that many women also abuse children. Also, is Akiko Oshima implying that all foreign fathers are abusive?
Given the fact that no mixed Japanese children have been sent back to the international parent then it would appear that Akiko Oshima is involved in racial stereotyping. In other words she appears to be playing the racial card alongside blatant sexism and can her statement be backed by open evidence in every case?
Every court case must be judged on merit and sometimes the father may be the best parent and sometimes the mother; but in an ideal situation both parents would continue to play a role in the upbringing of the child or children.
No parent, irrespective if Japanese or non-Japanese, or if male or female; should face parental alienation because it is against all norms of humanity.
Also, spare a thought for grandparents, other family members and friends because child abduction effects many people and while the emphasis is obviously put on the parent; it is clear that grandparents suffer greatly because time is not on their side and they have to watch their children suffer so much.
Why should parents who love their children be treated like criminals and disregarded?
Japan should be ashamed for allowing this reality to exist and doing nothing is not an excuse.
Christopher Savoie stated that “Anything about this just reopens a lot of wounds. It’s bittersweet…….At the end of the day, I’d much rather have one afternoon in the park with my kids than one penny of this judgment.”
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http://www.crcjapan.com/ Please visit Children’s Rights Council of Japan