Skip to comments.Iraq War Vet Fights for Return of Children Taken by Estranged Wife to Japan
Posted on 10/07/2011 6:53:33 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
When veteran Michael Elias was serving in Iraq in 2008, he longed for the day when he could return home to his wife and two children in New Jersey.
When that day finally came, he was not ready for the nightmare he has endured for the past three years.
His marriage soon fell apart and his wife, Mayumi Nakamura, did the unthinkable when she violated a Bergen County court order and fled in December 2008 with the couple's 2-year-old son, Michael, and 4-year-old daughter, Jade, back to her native Japan. In Japan, a lack of child-custody laws means Elias, a former sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, has basically lost all rights to see his children or have them return stateside.
The former soldier has been fighting to get back his children ever since, reaching out to local congressmen and testifying on Capitol Hill to no avail.
Its not that they wont do anything. They cant do anything, Elias said. Theyve had some dialogue, but its like beating a dead horse. Every time, they [Japan] say they are willing to co-operate, but its been three years. How much longer are they going to be willing?
Japan is the only nation in the Group of Seven not to sign the Hague Convention treaty, which focuses on the civil aspects of international child abduction.
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I suppose an American stationed in Japan has to bring his children back to the US and sever ties with the Japanese parent, for Japan to consider the unfairness of its law.
I think this guy’s one saving grace might be that she left this country illegally and violated a court order. So it’s more than just a custody issue in his situation. We can say to Japan, do you want us to hide people leaving Japan who violate your laws? His case goes beyond just a custody situation, she has violated other laws by forging a passport and leaving the country illegally.
I wonder, can he sue the Japanese government for complicity in kidnapping?
Looks as if its in the hands of the Japanese govt completely. Would we do the same to someone who had broken a law in Germany yet was a US citizen?
I hope he gets his daughter back but it does not look good.