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International Child Abductions

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Japanese Law Translation: “Act for Implementation of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction(Tentative translation)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: “The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (The Hague Convention)”

Japan Legal Support Center (Houterasu) * : “the Hague Abduction Convention”

Courts In Japan (Supreme Court of Japan): “Explanation for those who want to file a petition for return of child under Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction”

Ibid: “Implementing act of the Hague Convention site” — Explanations for plaintiffs and a respondents. Forms to submit.

Japan Federation of Bar Associations: “Lawyer Referral Service for Hague Convention Cases

Tokyo Bar Association: Information for Mediation regarding Agreement on the Return of Child and Parents' Access to Child Conducted by the Dispute Resolution Center of the Tokyo Bar Association

* Japan Legal Support Center offers legal aid which is actually loans without interest. Clients have to make monthly payments (most likely 5,000yen per month) to them. They assess lawyers’ fees according to their standard. It reads that from 291 600 yen to 567 000 yen on average will be paid when taking the case and from 97 200 yen to 259 200 yen on average at the end of the case (“Nihon Sihousien Center Gyoumu Houhousho at 71).


Hirotaka Honda “How to Fulfill it Sophisticatedly in Japan ?” last update on 5 Nov 2014;ver1 on 13 May 2014 for the session “The Promise of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention in Asia” in the conference “International Families: Money, Children and Long Term Planning” ABA at Seattle on 20 June 2014

Jeremy D. Morley “Japan and The Hague Abduction Convention: Implementation and Practical Effects” Wednesday, June 11, 2014