France Issues Arrest Warrant Over Japan 'parental Kidnap'
Tokyo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2021 ) :French authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Japanese woman whose two children have been kept from their father in a case that has revived debate about "parental kidnapping" in Japan.
The children's French father Vincent Fichot -- a resident in Japan -- has drawn international attention over his attempts to re-establish contact with his son and daughter, who he says were kidnapped by their mother in 2018.
French authorities issued the international warrant over allegations of parental abduction and endangering a minor, according to a source close to the issue and Fichot.
The French embassy declined to comment on the case.
Japanese law does not include a provision for shared custody when parents separate, and authorities have long been accused of turning a blind eye when one parent denies the other access to their children.
Fichot staged a three-week hunger strike during the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year to draw attention to his case, and says he has received support from foreign and Japanese parents in a similar position.
A lawyer for Fichot's wife declined to comment on the warrant.