In Japan, only one parent is awarded custody of a child when parents divorce. And custody is almost always awarded to the mother. Because of this practice, many Japanese and foreign fathers lose out on seeing their children until they’re grown.

According to the Associated Press, this new plan “would establish a new liaison office within the Foreign Ministry and amend domestic law to allow foreign parents more access to their children while also addressing domestic concerns about abusive foreign partners.” It would effectively put Japan in-line with 80 other countries that are part of the Hague Convention on international abduction, signed in 1980.

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