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Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 13:00 - 14:00

Tamayo Omura, Plaintiffs' Attorneys in Litigation,

Plaintiff A , Representative of the PlaintiffsAnonymous

Catherine Henderson, Plaintiff

Languae: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation.


"Parental abduction: Class-action lawsuit against the government"


The issue of parents who have abducted their children and prevented the other parent from seeing them has simmered for decades in Japan. The topic usually flares up in the media with the kidnapping by a Japanese spouse in an international relationship, but in truth the problem affects many more Japanese parents along with thousands of children who are denied access to them.

Thirteen parents have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Japanese government for what they call 'the government's failure to prevent the abduction of our children.' Judgment in the potentially landmark suit is due on February 26 and Tamayo Omura, one of the lawyers involved and Catherine Henderson, representing the plaintiffs, will come to the Club to present their views.

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