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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.

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