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There are 217 comments on the NewsChannel5.com Nashville story from Sep 28, 2009, titled Father Follows Abducted Children to Japan, Gets Arrested - News.... In it, NewsChannel5.com Nashville reports that:

A Williamson County father is under arrest in Japan, after picking up the two children who were abducted from Tennessee by his ex-wife and racing Japanese police to the nearest U.S. Consulate.

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Franklin, KY

#1 Sep 28, 2009
I just wonder how this will be handled by our government since this is a dad and not a mom. Also, why didn't they open the gate for him when it had to be obvious that they were Americans. If it had of been a woman with those kids I bet the gate would have opened. I think we need to push for his and the kids return since the mother had no problem breaking our laws.


Fairview, TN

#2 Sep 28, 2009
How selfish of the Mother to take them. Sometimes you have to suffer if you made a mistake, the kids should not have to suffer. We should stand behind this man , she broke the law.

Franklin, TN

#3 Sep 28, 2009
We still don't have the whole story!... Where is her side?

Murfreesboro, TN

#4 Sep 28, 2009
Will President Clinton step in and save this man if he is sent to jail? I hear story about this all of the time, that the parent from another country has taken the kids back to their home countries and the other parent has no rights to get them back. What is going on here?

Hendersonville, TN

#5 Sep 28, 2009
What do you want? Look at the website. They got documents where a judge gave full custody to Chris because the mom was unstable and abducted the kids. You want them to make stuff up?
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Brentwood, TN

#6 Sep 28, 2009
It is one sided. What is the Mother's story? What made her so upset that she fled back to her country.

Hendersonville, TN

#7 Sep 28, 2009
Read, people. Her email said she didn't like them losing their Japanese identity. This ain't a new story.

Franklin, TN

#8 Sep 28, 2009
What about him? How long has he been here? Is he from Japan? How about citizinship? How long has she lived here? Why did she come here. Did they move here together or were the seperated when she got here? Did her kids speak English? Did she speak English? If so how much? How long have her kids lived her? DID HER KIDS WANT TO GO BACK TO JAPAN? Did he treaten her? Did he miss treat the children. There is more to the story and we don't have it...

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 Sep 28, 2009
I agree one sided there is more to this story than we know.One simple question i want to know is,where were the kids born,the US or in Japan???Another opinion by me is what makes everyone think US law rules the world????Sorry US law only applys here,the rest of the world does not give a squat about "our" laws.Based im what im reading this man just made his situation WORSE.If this lady is so "terrible" how did she make it through the miles of airport travel with kids being abducted????

Murfreesboro, TN

#10 Sep 28, 2009
It doesn't matter where the children were born, orif he was a terrible father. She was never given permission by the court to take the children to Japan permanently, only to visit.To say that other countries don't have to respect US laws means we do not have to respect their laws. If we go to Japan, do we not have to respect their laws. This father should not be held accountable for their laws if they don't recognize ours. It works both ways. Plain and simple she kidnapped her children, and she knew exactly what would happen when she reached Japan.

Charlotte, NC

#11 Sep 29, 2009
Her actions were likely protected by Japanese criminal and family law which does not recognize parental child abduction as a crime, and does not acknowledge foreign custody orders. On the other hand, foreigners in Japan would likely face criminal penalties if they attempted to take their children back. A
At the heart of the issue is Japan’s refusal to accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction of 1980. The treaty, which includes 81 countries as signatories, prevents parents from fleeing with their children to or within those countries before a court can determine custody. It protects rights of access for both parents and includes measures to safeguard victims of spousal and child abuse.

Seoul, Korea

#12 Sep 29, 2009
Maybe the father should sue-she!
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Portland, TN

#13 Sep 29, 2009
From expert Jeremy Morley's essay:

In the recent case, a Japanese mother living in Vancouver, Canada took her two children, age 10 and 7, to visit their grandparents in Japan. A Canadian court had awarded custody to the father. Once the children were in Japan, the mother refused to allow them to return. She secured a temporary custody order from the Saitama court and ultimately a permanent order of custody. Japanese courts do not recognize or enforce foreign custody decrees, and in this case they refused to apply the Canadian decree.

If the father seeks visitation with his children he should expect little mercy from the courts. The newspapers also reported on another foreign father in Japan who won the right to have three hours of visitation per year with his children. Astonishingly, although the father appealed, so did the mother claiming that three hours a year is too much.
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Portland, TN

#14 Sep 29, 2009
Rick's story:

My mother kidnapped me when I was six years old. Since she had been bringing me back to the States for medical treatment since I had polio three years earlier, traveling from Argentina to the States seemed in no way unusual. After we had been in the States for a couple of weeks, my mother told me that she had some terrible news; she said that my father and my grandparents ( father's mother and father ) had all been killed in a car accident, and that we would simply stay in the States and would not be returning to Argentina. What my father found when he returned home from his office on the evening that we had left was a letter from my mother, informing him that he would never see either her or his only son again, and that he should simply forget about us. He also discovered shortly thereafter that she had cleaned out all of their bank accounts, leaving him totally and utterly broke.

For the next several years, my father devoted virtually all of his time, energy, and whatever money he could scrape together to finding us. Since he had no way to raise money other than by trying to rebuild his law practice, he worked as much as he could, and did most of the searching through private investigators he would retain in the States.

Portland, TN

#15 Sep 29, 2009
symposium in Tokyo 2009

Portland, TN

#16 Sep 29, 2009
The make up of this audience also underscores that, despite the fact that we are meeting at the Tokyo American Center, this is not just an “American” issue. It is of immediate importance to Japan, and Japan’s allies in Canada, in France, and in the United Kingdom. It is of grave urgency to the governments of other nations represented here as well, including Australia, and nations in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, whose Embassy officials took a full day out of their incredibly busy weeks to attend this Symposium.

As concerned as we are, we diplomats and public servants, our worry and anguish pales in comparison to that of the parents and children whose lives are changed irrevocably by a parental abduction. Some of those children and parents are American, certainly, but they are also Canadian, and British, and French and, perhaps most importantly for our purposes today, those parents and children affected by parental abduction, are also Japanese.
A parental abduction to a country that is not yet a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a tragic event.

A left-behind parent in a situation like that is left with no legitimate options, nowhere to turn, and in some cases, no hope.
symposium in Tokyo 2009

Portland, TN

#17 Sep 29, 2009
U.S. Congress went on to mention the particularly heart wrenching case of Melissa Braden, a young girl brought by her mother here, in clear contravention of court orders regarding her custody. The U.S. Congress specifically called on Japan to be better partners on this difficult issue and to accede as soon as possible to the Hague Abduction Convention.
symposium in Tokyo 2009

Portland, TN

#18 Sep 29, 2009
The United States counts seventy-three cases of abduction to or retention in Japan involving more than 100 children. Our mission in Japan counts another twenty-nine cases where all the parties are in Japan, but one parent is being denied access to his or her child.

That number, more than 100 children, places Japan at the top of an unfortunate list. Only India, with a population of nearly ten times that of Japan, comes close to the number of open cases.
symposium in Tokyo 2009

Portland, TN

#19 Sep 29, 2009
There is frustration because for so many people, this is a real issue. It isn’t about numbers or money or trade. This is a human issue. One with the face of a child and the face of a heartbroken father or mother left behind. When those faces appear on our television sets, or in the newspaper, people react with sympathy and concern.

When Americans react with those emotions, they turn to their legislators for help. Their representatives look for ways to help – not out of malice toward anyone, but out of compassion for their constituents. The objective is not to pull anyone down, but to help the children who cannot help themselves, whether they are Japanese children or children from other countries represented here today.
Ricks story

Portland, TN

#20 Sep 29, 2009
...my mother kidnapped me... We lived a very isolated existence, as she had cut herself off from all her family, and she had no friends other than the aforementioned Catholic priest...
When I was about to graduate from high school, and had already been accepted at a college in New Hampshire, I decided I needed to reconnect with my father. I called him out of the blue; he sent me tickets, and I spent several weeks in the summer after graduation and before going off to college with my Dad and his new family in Argentina. To make a very long story short, I have a superb relationship with my father, step-mother, and my half-sister, her husband and my nephew. I have a very limited and strained relationship with my mother. In addition, my half-brother has had a lifetime of problems, caused in large part, in my opinion, by growing up in my father's house and having to compete with a ghost - an older brother whom he had never met that was the focus of so much remembrance and efforts to find and track down. I am not sure that he will ever recover from that.

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