Target:
US Embassy Japan
Region:
Japan
Website:
www.kizuna-cpr.org

Research shows an estimated 7000 US citizens are currently unable to see their child/children following a divorce with a Japanese national. Japan is one of the only developed countries in the world that lacks joint custody laws. In fact, the Japanese court often awards custody of a child following a divorce to the parent who abducts the child. US nationals are required to notarize their marriage certificate at the US embassy following a marriage. I petition the US embassy to notify all US nationals of the risk of marrying a Japanese national. Namely that if that US national has children and divorces their Japanese spouse,, they risk never seeing their child/children again.


I petition the US embassy of Japan to notify all US citizens notarizing their Japanese marriage certificate of the risk of losing all rights as a parent following a divorce with a Japanese national. Currently an estimated 7000 US citizens are currently unable to see their child/children following a divorce with a Japanese national, while an estimated 3 million children of all nationalities including Japanese have lost contact with one parent.
The reason for this is the lack of joint custody and child parent alienation laws in Japan. This petition is to put pressure on the Japanese government to create a law that not only protects the rights of every parent, but the rights of children to continue to have a relationship with both parents.
By withholding this very important information from US nationals, the US embassy is empowering the ongoing parent child alienation in Japan. The United State embassy of Japan must do their part to protect their nationals from the lack of laws in Japan to protect their rights as a parent.

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