Japan is not a Hague Convention signatory and U.S. court custody decisions
are not enforceable in Japan. All children born to a Japanese parent
since the 1980s are Japanese citizens, I do believe, and may travel on Japanese
passports issued in the U.S. even if the left-behind parent in the U.S.
does not agree to the issuance of a U.S. passport. The Japanese government
will not refuse entry to one of its citizens, even if that citizen is a
dual-national child subject to a U.S. court-based custody decision. The
Embassy and our Consulates cannot serve process, appear in court on a U.S.-based
parent’s behalf or carry out U.S.-based arrest warrants.
The Embassy, State Dept. and our consulates do not have access to Japanese
Immigration records and cannot confirm that a child has entered or
departed Japan nor do they have any access to information about passport issuance.
Although many airlines now require "parental consent" for such travel with
minors and only one parent, the fact still remains that she would most
likely travel JAL.
Sure wish the information could have been more helpful.
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