Clive V France
Clive France was born in London in 1965 but has spent more than half his life in Asia. He currently lives in Tokyo. An exhibition of his “Left Behind by Japan” project was recently held at the Foreign Correspondents Club, Japan and has gained substantial media interest. Clive helped organize relief supplies to Japan’s Tohoku region soon after the disaster in March 2011 and photographed what he saw on his numerous visits there.
Written by // Clive V France
The other victims of parental abduction and Japanese child custody laws
Japan is the only G8 member not to have signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a multilateral treaty “that provides an expeditious method to return a child internationally abducted from one member nation to another.”
Japan’s failure to do so has placed it at the centre of a row over custody of children from failed international marriages and highlighted the issue of parental abduction. Japan has been described as a “black hole” for children abducted from overseas by their Japanese parents.