Sayonara Baby: Japan's Legal Barriers to Parental Rights (Enhanced DVD)
Kidnapping is a terrible tragedy to befall any family, but it is even more tragic when the kidnapper is a mother or father. There are many cases where a Japanese-born husband or wife marries, usually an American or European born spouse, and then suddenly disappears with the kids. The parent who is left behind finds themselves not only without their spouse and children but without much help from the Japanese government. This educational DVD explores the stories of these families and the battle
One story covered in the documentary is that of Regan Haight who came home one day to find her children and Japanese-born husband gone without a trace. She soon discovered that Japanese law and custom are not on her side in the fight to get her children back. But Haight’s is not the only case covered in this informative documentary. Australian Chayne Inaba has been fighting for years to get access to his daughter, but it has all been to no avail yet. Craig Morrey, another distraught father looking for his daughter, first saw his daughter for a few brief moments in a courtroom as he battled for the right to see her- she was only 6 months old at that time. And like the others, Alex Kahney endured his own heartache when he was forced to return to his homeland of Britain, leaving his two young children in the hands of their mother who had kidnapped them. The DVD is full of stories of these families and the struggles they have endured.
Sayonara Baby: Japan's Legal Barriers to Parental Rights