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Japanese government decides to ratify Hague Convention on Child Abduction

Legislation to be prepared for extraordinary parliamentary session

The Japanese government has officially decided to prepare to ratify 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The government will now prepare legislation and submit it to the next extraordinary Diet session.

However, The Japan Times reports that since there is strong opposition to the pact in both the ruling and opposition camps, as well as from the public, it remains unclear how soon the Diet can actually agree to conclude the treaty and enact related domestic laws.

The  Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has said:

"When (a marriage) crosses borders, the situation becomes increasingly difficult and the Hague Treaty is a certain standard or rule in the international community.I believe it is desirable for Japan to be consistent with this standard amid deepening ties on various levels with the international society."

For more details, see the article in The Japan Times.