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Child custody rulings in Japan planned to be easier to enforce

Changes would tighten law to expedite court-ordered transfers to legal guardian

Japan is considering changes to law that will align it more closely with the Hague's treaty on child-abduction. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japan will begin deliberating legal changes to facilitate the return of children abducted overseas by a divorced or estranged parent. The move follows mounting international criticism that the country's ponderous legal procedures put children at risk of abuse.

“We will consider overhauling the rules on the cross-border transfer of children,” Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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