You have to think twice about having a child with someone from Japan. Even if you’re from Japan.
If the parents break up, one gets sole custody of their children and the other gets … absolutely nothing. No custody. No visitation. No contact.
Ever. As though that parent had died.
Unless the custodial parent chooses to allow it.
Who gets custody in Japan?
If one of the parents is not Japanese, the Japanese parent almost always is the one to win custody.
Regardless of what any prior foreign custody determinations may have been.
Making Japan the ideal place for a Japanese parent living abroad to flee with their children.
Other nations have been increasingly vocal in insisting that Japan enter the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
As well as many Japanese family lawyers and parents.
But that would be only the first step necessary to protect the parental rights of foreigners.
Japan’s archaic domestic family law would have to change dramatically as well.