Comment: Like the introduction of many other important laws and/or changes, the Japanese Government is that large, slow AND SOFT. They will meet, discuss, think and THEN procrastinate for years before signing this Treaty.
They also have very big egos and pride so therefore, so silently they resent being told what they should do by any other county. It has to be their initative/idea/proposal to get quicker support, and even then, the big Gov wheels that turn slowly would not do anything for a long time!
This is the major problem with this wonderful nation - The Fed Gov are professional 'Money Borrowing Hand Sitters' and therefore end up losing many opportunies to fix problems - QUICKLY. Also, the politicians, (most over 60 Years of age) are in a most rewarding 'Comfort Zone' and therefore really resist change. Most also think running the nation with management practices from a by gone era is still the way to go - They really are still "living in the old days" and arrogantly believe that the world still needs Japan and people are still some sort of a "superior' race!,
Meanwhile, South Korea, China and other Asian countries are gradually taking the business from Japan by getting smarter and more efficient.
And guess what? The Pollies like the population which are mostly over 60 years of age DON'T Give a F**k
Everyone must also realize that Japan is the most quietly controlled discriminatory nation in the world - e.g. Not even a long term South Korean permanent 72 year old Resident can make a political donation - That cost Maehara, his the Foreign Ministers job, even though he did not initially know about the donation. And the donor was a long term mentor in Maehara's younger years!
So what are the chances of anyone but a Japanese becoming a politician - NONE!
Also, the reality would be that not many - if anyone at all, would vote for a Non-Japanese Politician anyway!
WASHINGTON —The United States pressed Japan Thursday to let parents see children snatched by estranged partners, saying it would not tolerate loopholes as Tokyo moves to resolve the longtime source of tension.
Western nations have voiced concern for years over citizens’ struggles to see their half-Japanese children. When international marriages break up, Japanese courts virtually never grant custody to foreign parents, especially men.
Hoping to ease a rift with allies, Prime Minister Naoto Kan has voiced support for ratifying the 1980 Hague treaty that requires countries to return wrongfully held children to their countries of usual residence. Japan would be the last member of the Group of Seven industrial powers to sign it.
Testifying before a congressional committee, senior U.S. official Kurt Campbell said that the United States was “quietly” speaking to Japan about the domestic laws that will accompany the Hague treaty.
“We will not rest until we see the kinds of changes that are necessary and we will certainly not abide by loopholes or other steps that will, frankly, somehow negate or water down” the agreement, said Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia.
Japanese critics of The Hague treaty often charge that women and children need protection from abusive foreign men. Japanese lawmakers are considering making exceptions to the return of children if there are fears of abuse.
Campbell voiced confidence that The Hague treaty already included safeguards.
He also urged Japan to give parents greater access outside of the treaty. If Tokyo ratifies the convention, it would only apply in the future and not to the 123 ongoing cases in which U.S. parents are seeking children in Japan.
“We are prepared to use all necessary political and legal means necessary to facilitate contact and access for parents and abducted children,” Campbell said.
But under questioning from lawmakers, Campbell indicated that the United States was not pushing for a separate agreement on existing abduction cases, saying that for Japan “it’s a complete non-starter.”
Representative Chris Smith, who has championed the abduction issue, pressed for an agreement on current cases. He feared that Japan’s entry into The Hague Convention would “result in lost momentum” as no children would immediately return.
“Delay is denial, and it does exacerbate the abuse of a child and the agony of the left-behind parents,” said Smith, a Republican from New Jersey.
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