U.S. Government Welcomes Japan's Ratification of the Hague Convention
June 12, 2013
- Looking forward to comprehensive implementation of the Convention in Japan
- Japan makes significant progress towards preventing international parental child abduction
The U.S. Government welcomes the news of the ratification of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by the Diet. The U.S. Government is very encouraged by this important step and applauds the legislative action required to ratify and implement the Convention in Japan.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos stated, "I want to commend the members of the Diet for their passage of legislation allowing full domestic implementation of Japan's ratification of the Hague Convention. With this important international agreement ratified, we welcome the Government of Japan as a treaty member who agrees that the Convention is the most appropriate mechanism to resolve the issue of international parental child abduction. The United States also looks forward to continued progress with our Japanese counterparts in the spirit of the Hague Convention to resolve existing cases of children brought to Japan without the permission of both parents."
Referred to informally as the "Hague Abduction Convention," the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty that provides a legal framework for securing the prompt return of wrongfully removed or retained children to the country of their habitual residence where a competent court can make decisions on issues of custody and the child's "best interests." The treaty will not enter into force between the United States and Japan until after Japan formally declares its ratification to the Convention's depository in the Netherlands. Japan states that it expects to do so before the end of its fiscal year March 2014.