Masako Suzuki Akeo, Founder "Left Behind Parents Japan"
Yuichi Mayama, Member of the House of Councilors
Takao Tanase, Professor, Law School, Chuo University
15:00-16:00, Thursday, May 16, 2013
明尾雅子（鈴木）、一般社団法人 Left Behind Parents Japan 代表理事
Japan has been under pressure for many years to tackle a problem that is a comparatively minor irritant on the annual diplomatic calendar but a source of great emotional pain for the individuals involved.
As the number of international marriages grows, an inevitable if sad byproduct has been the rise of divorces, putting the fate of bi-racial children at the center of sometimes bitter personal disputes. In some cases, Japanese mothers have taken their children from foreign fathers and brought them to Japan, where they are beyond the reach of global law, at least for now.
The Abe government is weighing the pros and cons of signing the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, bringing Japan into line with many other advanced nations.
Then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added to the pressure on Japan in 2011 when she directly addressed the issue in meetings with government ministers.
Critics have long accused Tokyo of dragging its feet on joining the convention, which is now 30 years old. Many victims of parental abduction in Japan are skeptical that the government will ever sign.
Three distinguished speakers have agreed to come to the FCCJ to discuss this important issue. Masako Suzuki Akeo is the founder of the NGO Left Behind Parents Japan.
Her Japanese ex-husband abducted their son from Canada to Japan seven years ago. She has met her son just twice in the last decade and does not even know where he now lives.
Takao Tanase is a professor of law at Tokyo's Chuo University and an attorney with the Tokyo Bar Association. Yuichi Mayama is a member of the House of Councilors and a former newscaster for Nippon Television.
Come and hear and hear what they have to say.