*Between 1978-1981, 17 Japanese children were abducted by North Korea. All but 5 of these children have been acounted for. Japan continues to demand their return, and rightfully so. Japan has repeatedly requested assistance from the US and the UN. At the same time, Japan is sanctioning the abduction of thousands of American children without ever returning any. More than 5 times as many American children were abducted to Japan in 2009 than those Japanese children abducted to North Korea over 30 years ago.
* In 1978 Japan signed US Law Title 18. Part II, Chapter 209, Section 3181, Paragraph 6 states that extradition is enforceable "When both parties make the offense a felony". It also goes on to say "The treaty includes parental abduction if the other foreign state party also considers the act of parental abduction to be a criminal act".
Based on the following cases, Japan now recognizes International Parental Abduction as a "Felony Offense" and must extradite those who have violated this law.
In September 2009, Japan "Detained" and tortured a man with American and Japanese citizenship for 17 days for "Attempted International Parental Abduction".
In December 2009, Japan arrested and sent to prison a Chinese national for the "Felony Offense" of "International Parental Abduction and Other Charges".
Since 2008 Japan has been seeking extraditions of a Pakistani and Czech Republic fathers for "International Parental Abduction".
There are several more cases of which Japan has turned a blind eye and its consulates have conspired with Japanese nationals to abduct American children.
* In 1993, Japan signed the United Nations Conference for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). With this document, Japan is legally bound and has agreed to equal access with the child and any person that committed the crime of abducting a child would be prosecuted in their country. Japan has refused to honr this treaty or any other treaty it has signed in regard to International Parental Abductions. Japan tries to use the argument that the US has not signed this treaty, and therefore is not bound to honr this pact. The facts are that every state in the United States already has such provisions within its own state laws.