Japan plans to announce in May its plan to join the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction which is an international treaty that deals with cross-border child custody disputes.
The government is expected to instruct the justice and foreign ministries to develop necessary bills, with the goal of approving the plan to have Japan join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction during a regular Diet session next year, according to Kyodo News.
Japan has been under international pressure to join the Hague Convention treaty, which would help resolve cases in which foreign parents are prevented from seeing their children in Japan after their marriages with Japanese nationals fail.
Japanese parents kidnapping children has made the news before, and the most famous case is Christopher and Noriko Savoie. In the Savoie case Christopher went to Japan and attempted to kidnap his children back causing a huge news incident.