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US dad sues Japan Airlines after ex-wife left with son
AFP/Google ^ | April 16, 2011 | N/A

Posted on 04/21/2011 7:42:25 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby

LOS ANGELES — A US man has sued Japan Airlines, claiming it wrongfully helped his Japanese ex-wife leave the United States with their son, despite court orders that the child remain in California.

Scott Sawyer alleges the airline and a US travel agency agency knowingly assisted his ex-wife, Japanese national Kyoko Sawyer, take their son Wayne to Japan in December 2008 when the boy was two years old.

"There is a long list of red flags that existed in this case that should have caused the airline and travel agency to do something," lawyer Mark Meuser told AFP on Saturday.

The companies were "deliberately turning blind eyes to the known parental kidnapping problem endemic to Japan and the warning signals surrounding this case," Meuser added in a statement.

Japan is the only major industrial country that has not signed the 1980 Hague Convention, which requires the return of wrongfully held children to their countries of usual residence.

When international marriages break up, Japanese courts rarely grant custody to a foreign parent, particularly fathers.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airline; custody; divorce; father; fathersrights; japan

1 posted on 04/21/2011 7:42:29 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

-—When international marriages break up, Japanese courts rarely grant custody to a foreign parent, particularly fathers.-—

That right there should win the full support of most American feminists/


2 posted on 04/21/2011 8:05:20 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
"There is a long list of red flags that existed in this case that should have caused the airline and travel agency to do something,"

Do something? Do something like get up and walk around the concourse for a few minutes? March her down to the Chili's Bar and Grill for a warm sake? Call the police on suspicion of traveling to Japan? I suspect the ex-wife got out of Dodge at just the right time.

3 posted on 04/21/2011 8:06:44 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Since there is no indication that he is an unfit father, the child should be brought back to the states and the mother should lose custody rights. Perhaps 75%-25%, his favor?


4 posted on 04/21/2011 8:18:13 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Did you notice that the child is named “Wayne”? Could mean trouble in the Japanese criminal system.


5 posted on 04/21/2011 8:23:51 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
Poor dummy, you made your bed now sleep in it.
6 posted on 04/21/2011 8:26:26 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
"There is a long list of red flags that existed in this case that should have caused the airline and travel agency to do something," lawyer Mark Meuser told AFP on Saturday.

The airline and the travel agency are not law enforcement.

Now if he wants to make a case against Immigration on the basis that they should not have let her take the boy out of the country on her passport then I would support him but on the face of it I do not see that he has a case against the airline or the travel agency.

7 posted on 04/21/2011 8:38:36 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When all you have is bolt cutters & vodka everything looks like the lock on Wolf Blitzer's boathouse)
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To: MichaelCorleone

I would suspect that in most Japanese-foreign marriages, the foreign parent is the father/husband.


8 posted on 04/21/2011 8:43:53 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: org.whodat
Poor dummy, you made your bed now sleep in it.

Exactly what, in your opinion, did the father do wrong?

9 posted on 04/21/2011 8:45:19 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Isn’t there an international law that says a parent can’t take a child out of the home country without the other parent’s written permission?


10 posted on 04/21/2011 9:04:52 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

This case is a tragedy for the husband and child. Japan should sign the treaty and cooperate to stop parental abduction cases. I am not sure if the travel agency and airline were at fault. I feel for the husband who has been denied access to his child. I have scorn for the mother who committed this crime against her child.


11 posted on 04/21/2011 9:19:39 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: Shimmer1

It’s called the Hague Convention, ratified by most nations in the ‘80s, but Japan has refused to sign.


12 posted on 04/21/2011 9:20:23 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: higgmeister
The part that got me was.....
"Meuser said there is no law requiring the airline and travel agency to check custody issues on travel from the United States to Japan, but said they should be held responsible nonetheless.
"They should have flagged everybody," he said. "Wayne has red hair. He's clearly bi-racial and he's going to a country known to have problems with parental kidnapping. They had all the warning signs."

Ok, I understand the dude is upset but clearly he is either not thinking straight or he's just a plain idiot. Just because a kid is bi-racial and traveling to Japan means that a red flag should be raised? That would cause the airlines to stop..oh...a few thousand people a month or so?

I also love the part where he admits no laws are broken but someone needs to be held responsible anyway....I love it...punishment for a non-existent law.....
13 posted on 04/21/2011 9:35:08 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. - H. L Mencken)
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To: All; TheDingoAteMyBaby
I'm not feeling very sympathetic to his case against the airline.

He admits there is no law requiring them to check. She had a legal Japanese passport for herself and her son. This guy is angry and lashing out. I understand the anger but his anger is misdirected.

If it was so clear to him that Japan has a problem with child abduction, why did he marry and produce a child with a Japanese national?

14 posted on 04/21/2011 9:36:05 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
"...and always two strangers, uniting in the interests of torment..."—Beckett
15 posted on 04/21/2011 9:53:16 PM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
I wouldn't doubt if the only reason this guy gained parental rights over the mother was because he argued she couldn't hold a job or care for him. Why would the courts grant rights to the father, that seems unusual to me. Nowhere does the article state she has some mental instability or reason she ought not be a mother.

Let's see this guy fly to Japan and win his court case there. As a father I can see his anger, but the fact that he irrationally sues the airline, admitting they broke no law, is the biggest "red flag" I see..

16 posted on 04/21/2011 10:46:16 PM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: Shimmer1

Several years ago my daughter, grandson and I were going to fly to Cancun from Houston for a few days over a school break. Her ex-husband had given up custody several years before and never saw or talked to his son. We had three round trip tickets, but Continental Airlines would not let us board without a notarized statement statement from the father and did not tell us about it until we got to the airport to leave - nor would they refund the money.


17 posted on 04/21/2011 11:34:10 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Immerito

since there is no indication that she is an unfit mother, why should she lose custody?....he’s looking for money in a law suit...that should tell you something about him......


18 posted on 04/22/2011 12:42:21 AM PDT by cherry
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
I would suspect that in most Japanese-foreign marriages, the foreign parent is the father/husband.

It's an interesting subject.

If I remember correctly (and it's been a while since I looked at the actual numbers versus anecdotal sources, so I could be off on some of this), it's true that for most Japanese-western marriages, the foreign parent is the husband.

However, with marriages to Asians, the numbers reverse, and the foreign parent is more likely the wife.

19 posted on 04/22/2011 3:03:40 AM PDT by snowsislander (The Nigerian 419 scammers must be envious of what this Kenyan fraud has accomplished.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

The airline and the travel agency are not law enforcement.

Now if he wants to make a case against Immigration on the basis that they should not have let her take the boy out of the country on her passport then I would support him but on the face of it I do not see that he has a case against the airline or the travel agency.


They can be held liable in a civil court as the child had a court order not to be taken out of the country. Any proof that they aidied and abetted, they will lose big-time.

The judge can also issue Contempt of Court citations to anyone involved in aiding the child leaving the country.


20 posted on 04/22/2011 5:51:20 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Karl Rove = Karl Marx)
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To: Grams A

Several years ago my daughter, grandson and I were going to fly to Cancun from Houston for a few days over a school break. Her ex-husband had given up custody several years before and never saw or talked to his son. We had three round trip tickets, but Continental Airlines would not let us board without a notarized statement statement from the father and did not tell us about it until we got to the airport to leave - nor would they refund the money.


This is the standard action of most airlines.

There is a lot of blather posting against the father here....but he has a very winnable case. The lawyers for Japan Airlines, if they are smart, are preparing a huge settlement for this man at this moment.

Most airlines check on international flights to make sure children are not being taken out of the country against parental or court orders. Continental and other airlines are already aware of the legal ramifications.


21 posted on 04/22/2011 5:56:44 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Karl Rove = Karl Marx)
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To: cherry

Defying a court order (including, presumably, failure to turn over her passport) in an attempt to deny her ex-husband custody of her son does not paint her in a positive light.


22 posted on 04/22/2011 7:34:56 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: douginthearmy

The judge was probably familiar with negative statistics regarding children, especially boys, brought up with no father in the home.


23 posted on 04/22/2011 9:55:59 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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