Open Letter to MS Mami Mochizuki, Reporter, NHK

Note de la rédaction : Nous publions aujourd’hui une lettre ouverte en anglais du responsable de la section internationale de l’association SOS Papas.

——– Open Letter to MS Mami Mochizuki, Reporter, NHK ——–
Subject : Your TV report broadcasted on Ohayô Nihon on July 15, 2009.

Miss Mochizuki,

Please, allow me to draw your most urgent attention as follows :

Your first confusion
Most shooting you made with me (and I did give you a lot of my time upon your request!!!) was supposed to highlight the crucial importance of an association like SOS PAPA, together with many others worldwide, to defend binational children’s basic rights to BOTH parents and BOTH families after split of their parents, together with BOTH cultures and countries in the case of binational kids.

This should have been indeed used by you with the media power as a WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to explain millions of Japanese viewers such CRUCIAL ISSUE FOR CHILDREN’S SAKE, in other words for those who are the future of a nation.
Indeed, you even asked us as well to help you get pictures shooted in the first Tokyo demonstration of Summer 2008 to which we participated, aiming at defending children’s rights to their both parents after split of those, as well as the latest one held in Paris in the vincinity of the Japanese Embassy on June 29, 2009, the day of our sitting covered by foreign media and being organized to ask simply Japan again and again to respect basic rights of kids to their BOTH parents.

As you know, we, together with some Senators, had even been received by one of your honorable Ministers that day.

Your second confusion
At all stages of preparation of your report, I, just like many social leaders of the western community, press correspondents, political heads, was there for You, all of us being ready to help you the best we could to make a GREAT report, like the evening ones of another Japanese journalist, Ms Hiroko Kuniya I like so much, being so good and so professional.
You despised us.

Your third confusion
You did not make any efforts to understand how tricky the comments of Japanese child abducting mothers are, simply consisting in looking for lousy excuses to justify their awful behaviours, since they know of course what they do is just terrible and unhuman.
Indeed, you chose instead to believe the rubbish of Japanese people who abducted their kids as well as those protecting and excusing such awful actions, just because you, like many of your compatriots, still think words of Japanese persons are more credible and valuable than those of gaijins.
For all readers and viewers information, as well as yours once again, I have got no choice but to repeat here the reason why Japanese mothers abduct children has usually nothing to do with any couple violence whatsoever but is instead simply due to the fact those women wish to get rid of their hubands they do not love anymore (nothing wrong about their right to divorce of course) and therefore use most dirty tricks and false accusations in Court to keep selfishly the children for themselves as « uchi no mono », ignoring the fact that children are human beings, have got rights as stated in the UN New York Convention signed by Japan, and therefore belong to noone.
Well, you could appreciate by yourself the shameful behaviour of a nice Japanese abducting mother calling the police against a peaceful gaijin father bringing a gift to his daughter abducted since more than five years and against yourself, the day we drove to Kazo together…
Should I mention as well you did not even explain clearly to NHK viewers the archaism of Japanese Family Law?
Last but not least, you did not make most sadly any efforts as well to communicate on a key issue, i.e. the most terrible and usually unreversible psychological consequences of such cruel and unresponsible abudctions on victimized children, emphasized by all leading international experts.

Your fourth confusion
Your full approach, consisting namely on making a tasteless and useless report, remaining at the surface of things, leaning on pressure, functioning even on self censorship, proves you have obviously got a totally wrong approach of journalism, as many foreign media correspondents, foreign government representatives and NGO leaders do believe.

Yours Sincerely,

Jacques Colleau
Head of International Affairs
SOS PAPA
An Association Member of UNAF (French Union of Family Associations)

Note de la rédaction :
La presse internationale se fait l’écho, de plus en plus fréquemment et fortement, de la situation anormale du Japon (nous sommes en 2009!) quant au non-respect du droit de l’enfant de recevoir des visites du parent ne jouissant pas de l’autorité parentale suite à un divorce.
Nous publierons dans les jours à venir une compilation de liens vers des articles récents dénonçant ce non-respect des droits élémentaires de l’enfant.

Publié par

Christian Bouthier

Christian Bouthier, un Français au Japon depuis 1982. フランス語講師 | 和仏翻訳・通訳 | traduction et interprétariat japonais-français.

Une réflexion sur « Open Letter to MS Mami Mochizuki, Reporter, NHK »

  1. Jacques has every reason to feel the way he does .Over the years I have witnessed several cases ,where accurate information that has been given on request ,has either been manipulated ,sanitized or simply omitted .In one particular case that I can attest to,
    a Japanese newspaper published an article from a major British publication on this very issue .In the Japanese publication a complete and very relevant paragraph ,that had appeared in the British newspaper was omitted.
    The contents not made available ,had be referring to a major Japanese political figure’s
    lack of cooperation on a custody and visitation issue ,with his divorced Japanese wife. More the reason why ,in order to obtain accurate information there needs to be transparency and more accurate and objective reporting on the part of the Japanese press ,if it is to be taken seriously worldwide .I only hope that as a left behind parent along with Jacques , and others like us ,get a more equitable and judicial treatment ,and not one that is heavily weighed against ,us in future .
    Thank you, merci beaucoup .

    David Brian Thomas
    Chilidren’s Rights Council of Japan

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