Man succeeds in asking Japanese court to get ex-wife to return daughter to Singapore

How Japan deals with "child abduction" has long attracted criticism in Europe and the United States.
How Japan deals with "child abduction" has long attracted criticism in Europe and the United States.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - A Singapore-based British citizen has taken a novel legal route - persuading a Japanese court to recognise an order by Singapore's Family Justice Courts - to order his former wife to return their daughter to him.

The Japanese woman had "abducted" their 12-year-old child, taking her back to Japan in April last year. The couple had joint custody after they divorced in 2017.

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