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Family law in Japan 家族法制度

What should we be looking for from the new family law system in Japan? Part Two


In addition to improving family violence processes and procedures for genuine victims, creating strong consequences for false claims and making parental child abduction illegal, what should be done?

The most important yardstick is whether parents and children are meeting each other or not. Under the current system, the percentage of children meeting both of their parents post divorce is woefully low in Japan. On top of that, the small amount of time that children spend with their ‘non-residential parent’ is beyond embarrassing and is a disgrace.



In order to truly be a ‘children first’ family law system Japan could take a leaf out of Australia's book and aim for children to spend substantial and significant time with both parents regardless of the parents’ marital status. This includes parents who have never been married.

Children have the right to know and be freely loved by all of their relatives including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Significant people in children’s lives should be able to apply to the courts for access.



Access, once mutually decided upon whether in an agreement, mediation or by a judge, needs to be legally binding and enforced by the courts. Parents who fail to meet their obligations need to be sanctioned and lose rights for repeated violations. 


Family law by <a href="">Nick Youngson</a> <a rel="license" href="">CC BY-SA 3.0</a> <a href="">Pix4free</a>

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