France issues an arrest warrant in connection with a ‘parental kidnapping’ in Japan

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In a case that has reignited debate in Japan over “parental kidnapping,” French officials have issued an arrest warrant for a Japanese lady whose two children have been separated from their father. Mr. Vincent Fichot, the children’s French father, who lives in Japan, has attracted international attention for his attempts to re-establish contact with his son and daughter, whom he claims were kidnapped by their mother in 2018.
According to a person close to the case and Mr. Fichot, the international warrant was issued over claims of parental abduction and harming a youngster. A request for a response from the French embassy was not returned. In Japan, the law does not allow for shared custody when parents divorce and officials have long been accused of turning a blind eye when one spouse denies the other access to their children.
Mr. Fichot went on a three-week hunger strike to raise awareness about his case during the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year. He claims he has received support from both foreign and Japanese parents in similar situations.
Mr. Fichot’s wife’s lawyer declined to comment on the warrant.
“Divorce proceedings are still in progress. We don’t want to fight outside of the courtroom, “According to AFP, he said. Although no official figures exist, human rights organizations believe that roughly 150,000 adolescents in Japan are forcefully removed from their parents each year.

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