I want the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to stop kidnapping Japanese children.
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1. What actually happened until my two-year-old son was kidnapped.
I am a 45-year-old Japanese male. I used to live with my wife and my son in the suburb of Tokyo until May in 2010. I worked at home then. I was willing to give milk to my son and replace his diapers every day as my wife was physically weak and spent most of the day on her bed. She was not even able to hug his son with her arms. My son was fond of me as I always hugged him for a few hours in a day.
In May 18, 2010, my wife went back to her home with my son by car. Even before that, she frequently returned home because of her poor health and she sometimes spent even
the whole month in her home.
In June, I found out at a bank that some amount of money was withdrawn from my account, even though I used this bank account for business purposes. I called my wife on her cell phone, but she didn’t respond to it. I went to see my wife in her home in June 13, 2010. It takes about three and a half hours from my house to her place by car. I arrived at her place later in the evening.
As soon as I reached her home, I pushed a button to ask for my wife. However, nobody responded. I heard a telephone in my wife’s house was ringing on my cellphone. However, nobody answered my phone.
I heard somebody talking in a low voice in my wife’s house when I stepped up to the kitchen door. I returned to the porch as soon as possible and knocked the door. I identified myself there. Then, I found my son coming up to me behind a cloudy glass window. However, an adult hugged him upstairs. After that, I had an opportunity to talk with my sister-in-law. However, she only insisted that I be not able to meet anybody
else. I was at a loss then. I returned home after I said to her, “I will bring my father with me tomorrow.” At that time, I still couldn’t imagine there is a case of “child kidnapping” in Japan.
When I went back to my wife’s house next day, my wife and my son were not there. My mother-in-law said to me, “We have nothing to do with your family any more”. My father also came to my wife’s house, but she just said, “I don’t know where they are now”. Since then, I have not been able to know the whereabouts of my son for two years and a month.
I sent emails or wrote to my missing wife. However, I was not able to receive any replies from her. During that period, I attempted amicable arbitration with my wife and contact arbitration with my son so as to get reunited with my wife three times at a family court. However, my wife didn’t attend it. It took two months to start arbitration after I applied for it in a family court. I felt the length of the two month was too long. The arbitration was conducted within the jurisdiction of a family court of my wife’s residence. My 75-year-old father came with me to the family court, even though it took four hours to get there by car. However, my wife didn’t come.
I filed a divorce suit against my wife one year after my wife and my son went missing as I found it was not easy to spend such a life any more. I wanted to talk with my missing wife further.
Soon after I filed divorce suit against my wife, she, in return, filed counter suit against me. My wife insisted that she be a victim of “domestic violence” She made several unfounded claims about me. To my great sorrow, she insisted that I force her to hug my son. What on earth I could force my wife to hug my son? Is it possible for her with this evidence to insist that she be a victim of “domestic violence”?
Until then, I have ever realized that the term of “domestic violence” means physical violence. However, I got to know that it also includes psychological violence, economic violence and sexual violence in Japan.
Several cases about victims of “domestic violence” are reported in “The Survey Report on Cases of Violence by a Spouse and Situations in Related Organizations for Fiscal 2008” which is disclosed for general public in the Information Room of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in Shinjuku ward (See reference 1). In the survey, some cases such as “teasing pet animals”, “stealing a glance at a cell phone” and “looking at a household account book” are reported (See reference 2).
Whenever a husband develops such behaviors like above, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government tends to place a mother and her children into a welfare facility to keep them away from a husband. The husband is not even able to make a contact with his wife and his children any more.
I think among other developed countries, only Japan stipulates that “stealing a look at a cell phone” is a “ violence”.
2.The person who didn’t allow my wife to attend family court
arbitrations is a lawyer called Mr. Nakamura who has a bar registry in Minato ward, Tokyo.
I obtained several facts in the process of my divorce lawsuit later. My wife didn’t attend arbitrations which were conducted three times in a year. The person who asked her not to attend the arbitrations was a lawyer called Mr. Nakamura who has a registry in Minato ward, Tokyo. Furthermore, for the initial six months she didn’t even attend contact arbitration for her son which was conducted for one and a half years. She herself testified to judges in a trial that she was not allowed to attend the arbitration by another lawyer who also has a bar registry in Minato ward, Tokyo.
In Japan, there are plenty of lawyers who attempt to separate children from their single-parent by all means.
Japanese lawyers attempt to eliminate fathers’ affection for their children without allowing them to meet with their children. Soon, those fathers lose an interest in meeting with their children. The Japan Federation of Bar Associaiton has never blamed such lawyers who put this resort into practice.
In addition, the bar organization won’t change the current system to charge solatium from fathers by lawyers as in Japan there are a lot of judges who become a lawyer after retirement from court.
In Japan, there are many children who do not remember even the outlook of their fathers.
3. The Tokyo Women’s Counseling Center tells women not to return home.
My wife, before taking away her son, went to local mental clinic so that doctors there could recognize her as victim of “domestic violence”. However, as she explained to them that I was a perfect father, they didn’t recognize her as “victim”.
She said, “I would like psychiatrists to diagnose me as victim of domestic violence as I would like to get advantageous in court to win a parental rights of my son if I getdivorced with my husband.”
Soon after that, my wife went to the Tokyo Women’s Counseling Center to ask about her problem. The personnel of the organization told her not to return home when they saw her confused whether to go back home.
“I just explained to the personnel there what really happened to me. They repeatedly told me that your husband is using violence to me to a great extent. Even though I went too far in explaining details to them, they told me that I didn’t go too far and I was a victim of “domestic violence”. They went so far as to conduct a test to me, using some papers. They told me not to return home as it might affect your son. I have been confused with my situation.” (excerpts from a verbal record for interrogation at a trial)
My wife was taken to a shelter with her son by the personnel of the organization. Soon, she moved into a welfare facility for mothers and their children. There she suffered from a mental illness.
When women go to the Tokyo Women’s Counseling Center, the personnel there persuade them that they are victims of “domestic violence” and they tell them not to return home. It is said that a subsidy of 500,000 yen is allocated to one family in the shelter. Bureaucrats from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government are taking a job after retirement.
4.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government placed then my three-year-old son intochildren’s nursing care home without my approval, even though I am his real father and I have a parental rights of him.
Soon after my wife suffered from a mental illness, both of an officer of Tokyo’s Minato City Office and a personnel of the Tokyo Women’s Counseling Center forced her to be hospitalized, even though she disagreed with the idea.
“I insisted to the last that I don’t want to stay away from my son and I also insisted that keeping away from my son is not a good idea. But they insisted that I need a rest. So I just accepted their move”. (excerpts from a verbal record for interrogation for a trial)
After that, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government placed my three-year-old son into a children’s nursing care home for 10 months without my approval (See reference 3).
Isn’t this act the violation of Article 9 of the international treaty Convention on the Rights of the Child that Japan ratified in 1994? I think that kind of act is kidnapping children by the administration.
5.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will not disclose to me any medical nor any medicine records while my son was placed into a children’s nursing care home.
I asked the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to disclose to me a daily record, including a child nursing care record and a child instruction process record when it placed my son into the facility. However, former governor Shintaro Ishihara decided not to disclose it to me (See reference 4).
Even after that, I called it on to disclose a medical and a medicine record of my son. However, this time governor Naoki Inose also rejected my appeal (See reference 5).
In Japanese children’s nursing care facilities, children who will not fall asleep to miss their mother and father are given a medicine so that they can get to sleep. Some people say that the facilities even uses a psychotropic drug which is banned to children.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will not even disclose a medical record of children to their real father, even though he has a parental rights of them. I can’t understand why it can always take such kind of outrageous procedures.
6.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government places mothers and their children into awelfare facility, only with an application from female parents without an investigation into and a recognition of “domestic violence”.
As I was not able to believe that the administration has a responsibility to force a three-year-old child into a children’s nursing care home after separating him from his mother without making a contact with his father who was not given any protection orders, I went to local police station to ask for any records of myself. There I was told by the police that there have never been any records of myself.
Then who on earth recognized my wife as victim of “domestic violence” and placed my son into a nursing care home? I then visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and talked with Mr. Yuji Nakagawa, supervisor for women’s welfare at child and single-parent welfare section of declining birth rate countermeasures division of the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, which takes a control of the Tokyo Women’s Counseling Center and the Tokyo Women’s Plaza. We talked each other with a recorder on the desk. (recording 1)
I made an acquaintance with Tokyo assemblyman Daishi Sakai. Some emails sent from him describe that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government does not conduct a “domestic violence” recognition specifically. (see reference 6)
Believe it or not, I found that the Tokyo Women’s Counseling Center and the Tokyo Women’s Plaza have ever placed mothers and their children into a welfare facility only with an application from female parents without any investigation into nor any recognition of “domestic violence”. They have ever even backed up mothers and their children.
This “back-up measure” is a very heavy rule for male parents as it means that they will not inform male parents of the whereabouts of their wives and their children, even though they are released from a facility. Many male parents say that they have never been allowed to meet with their children since their wives complained of phony “domestic violence”. Some of my acquaintances have lost track of their children for six years. Even in that case, the administration always takes such measures only with an application from female parents.
The two organizations placed my son into a nursing care home for 10 months without my approval. During the 10-months, my son has never met with my wife. How lonely and unsecured it was for then my three-year-old son.
7.In Japan, there are many reports that children go missing from day-care centers and schools.
In Japan, there is a law that schools have to notify local child guidance offices when they find some children who suffer from bruises on their bodies. The child guidance offices kidnap children without any investigation into child abuses. The reason why the Japanese administration is willing to kidnap children is that a subsidy of nealy 300,000 yen is paid by the government if a child is placed in a nursing care home. (See reference 7)Bureaucrats are taking a job at those nursing care homes after retirement.(See reference 8)
8. I’ve met with my son only four times since he was kidnapped.
I have ever had contact arbitration with my son, along with my divorce trial. My wife didn’t attend it for the initial six months. However, since a judge for the divorce trial told her that if she does not attend the arbitration, it might affect her possibility whether she can obtain a parental rights of her son, she came to attend the contact arbitration.
During the arbitration, my wife’s lawyer told me that if I do not keep six promises, he won’t allow me to meet with my son in a family court. At that time, I was forced not to tell the whereabouts of my son for two years and a month. That was the only measure that I could meet with my son.
I cannot write nor give a gift to my son until now. If I break the promise, there is a possibility that I cannot meet with my son any more.
I was allowed to meet with my son for only 30 minutes in a family court. However, I really enjoyed meeting with my son. As this meeting is described in a report by an investigator for the family court meeting, my son still remembered that I was his father and he still remembered the color of my car.
My son also said to the investigator, “I want to stay with my father and my mother again”. I have ever been allowed to meet with my son only four times for three and a half hours since he was kidnapped in front of me three years ago.
My son, who was kidnapped at the age of two years and eleven months, becomes six-year-old now. He stays with his mother. I was told by a lawyer of my wife that my wife’s family will call the police if I attempt to reach her home. I want to take a part in the event of my son’s elementary school, but my wife will not allow me to do so.
In Japanese schools, if a parent who does not the rights to meet with his or her children participates into school events, he or she will be arrested by the police from a call from schools.
Even a parent who has a parental rights of his or her children is to be arrested by the police. If such things take place, a family court will rule out that he or she will not be allowed to meet his or her children again.
Japan is called “a black hole for child abduction“ by overseas. In Japan, the government won’t allow a male parent to meet with his children as a female parent is a victim of “domestic violence”.
As the Japanese government is willing to give a parental rights to a female parent who kidnapped her children from a male parent, many female parents tend to kidnap their children.
Many cases have ever been reported that female parents insist on being a victim of “domestic violence” to obtain a parental rights in order to hide their love affair with another men. They even live on welfare as victim of “domestic violence” after depriving the rights to meet with children from male parents.
After three years since the kidnapping of my son, I was recognized that I didn’t use violence to my wife by a family court. However, my wife, who took away my son from me and won’t allow me to meet with him, is likely to obtain a parental rights of him.
I wonder there is a serious problem in the way the administration took for me. For a long time, I was separated from my son and was forced not to be able to meet with him on the suspicion of having used violence to my wife. The administration only trusted the details of an application from my wife for their subsidy to be paid from the government.
A female parent kidnaps her children. The administration separates a male parent from his children. Lawyers won’t allow a male parent to meet with his children. In this situation, the true victims are “children” themselves.
Like other developed countries, Japan should change its practice to place mothers and their children into custody after the police make an investigation into a “domestic violence” and a family court recognize it.
First of all, the Japanese government should return kidnapped children to Japan from overseas and then release millions of kidnapped children to their single parents.
Japanese bureaucrats admitted at the Diet that they had failed to research domestic violence.（2015.4.14）
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