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Lord Justice Thorpe welcomes plans for Japan to sign Hague Convention

Calls for the establishment of an effective and efficient central authority

Lord Justice Thorpe has described as a 'positive move' reports that Japan is preparing to sign the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Sir Mathew, Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, commented:

"The campaign was led by the United States and Canada . . . and I think they will be hugely relieved to see the global law extending into the Far East. It needs it. It's already in Hong Kong and Singapore."

In an interview reported in Japan Times he emphasised the importance of establishing an effective and efficient central authority.

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