Japan gives final nod to international child abduction treaty
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan gave final approval on Friday to an international treaty on how to settle cross-border disputes over the custody of children, officials said.
The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe endorsed a decision by both houses of parliament last year to sign the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
The convention will take effect in Japan on April 1, the foreign ministry said.
"Since the number of people who move across borders has dramatically increased and international marriage and international divorce have increased in recent years, it is very important for the Government of Japan to conclude the Hague Convention, which is an international rule to deal with issues such as the wrongful removal of a child," the ministry said in a statement.