Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th May 2021.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Chair, Petitions Committee, Chair, Petitions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the risk of parental child abduction to Japan.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Our Travel Advice for Japan covers Japanese family law and we have also published guidance specifically on child abduction to Japan on GOV.UK. These were revised in February of this year to clarify the differences in Japan's family law and consular support the FCDO is able to provide towards child abduction cases to Japan. I raised the issue of Japan's custody laws with the then Japanese Ambassador to the UK in December 2020 and we will continue to engage Japan on these issues at appropriate opportunities.

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