Author Archives: 4rionandlaurenandjulia

1.20.2017

It has been more than seven years since you were abducted to Japan. It has been more than five years since I found you again and we reunited. The amount of time we have spent together since then can be … Continue reading

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1.1.2017

I must resume writing. I have not been able to spend enough time with you Rion, Lauren and Julia to deepen our bond such that you might reach out to me. Rion has in fact shown signs of PA. Our … Continue reading

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Divorced Parents Lack Ways To Meet Kids in Japan

In a May 10, 2012 article in The Daily Yomiuri, it has been disclosed that The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has asked local governments to encourage meetings between divorced parents and their children by arranging and overseeing such encounters. … Continue reading

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Rion’s 9th birthday

Dear Rion, My eldest child. Today is your 9th birthday and there is nothing more I would like than to spend it with you. Unfortunately I cannot come to see you today. It is most certainly not because I don’t … Continue reading

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I wish I could see you more

Dear Rion, Lauren, and Julia, It has been 15 days since I was last in Iwaki. I enjoyed visiting with you, Rion, so much that day. You are so lovely and cute and funny and my heart swells with pride … Continue reading

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DIVORCE AND THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD

https://digital.lib.washington.edu/dspace-law/bitstream/handle/1773.1/1028/20PacRimLPolyJ563.pdf?sequence=4 This is one of the best written analyses of the problems with Japan’s Sole Custody System. DIVORCE AND THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD: DISPUTES OVER VISITATION AND THE JAPANESE FAMILY COURTS By Takao Tanase† Translated by Matthew J. … Continue reading

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Three hours of joy & then eviction

Thursday, January 19th, 2012. Fifth visit to Iwaki. I arrived just as Rion was getting home from school. It was nice to see her as I drove up and parked at the Suzuki home. I knocked and was greeted by … Continue reading

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