One of the major problems in these cases is the tendency of parents (and in many cases even official organisations) to claim that children are "missing" when in fact their whereabouts are known. In the face of all the disinformation on what children are missing and what aren't, it is hard to accept the statistics given in this article as credible.
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The Japanese courts do not appear to take kindly to the imposition of foreign criminal proceedings on the Japanese parent. In this context they act no differently than the courts of any other country.
Key is to focus on the children and their future, not on which of their parents did what.
Perhaps what is called for is a softer touch by the foreign parent and the authorities of his or her home country, in seeking to resolve problems related to the best interests of these children?
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