France launches arrest warrant for “parental kidnapping” in Japan – .

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France launches arrest warrant for “parental kidnapping” in Japan – .


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        <span class="t-location">Tokyo (AFP) – </span>Les autorités françaises ont émis un mandat d'arrêt contre une Japonaise dont les deux enfants ont été séparés de leur père dans une affaire qui a ravivé le débat sur "l'enlèvement parental" au Japon.        </p><div>

        <p>Le père français des enfants, Vincent Fichot, résidant au Japon, a attiré l'attention de la communauté internationale sur ses tentatives de rétablir le contact avec son fils et sa fille, qui, selon lui, ont été kidnappés par leur mère en 2018.

The French authorities have issued the international warrant on allegations of parental kidnapping and endangering a minor, according to a source familiar with the matter and Fichot.

The French Embassy declined to comment on the case.

Japanese law does not include a provision for shared custody when parents separate, and authorities have long been accused of turning a blind eye when one parent denies the other access to their children.

Fichot staged a three-week hunger strike during the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year to draw attention to his case, and says he has received support from foreign and Japanese relatives in a similar position.

A lawyer for Fichot’s wife declined to comment on the warrant.

“Divorce proceedings are underway. We don’t want to fight outside of court, ”he told AFP.

No official figures exist, but rights groups have estimated that around 150,000 minors are forcibly separated from a parent each year in Japan.

Fichot’s case was raised with Japanese officials by French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the country for the Olympics.

Fichot also joined other parents in bringing a complaint against Japan over the matter to a United Nations rights organization.

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