On April 1, 2014, the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the "Hague Convention") comes into force in Japan.
The Arbitration & Mediation Center of the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association, one of the three local bar associations in Tokyo, now provides services to facilitate resolution of disputes regarding the Hague Convention (the "International Family ADR").
The International Family ADR proceeding (the "ADR") will be conducted by two mediators. The mediators facilitate the ADR as fair and independent third parties, carefully listen to the views of both parents, and seek to resolve the dispute on an amicable basis by looking for points agreeable by both parents. The mediators are appointed from candidates consisting of experienced lawyers, retired judges, and academics. The ADR is managed as a private and confidential proceeding.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan ("MOFA") will support the ADR. Such support includes the contribution of funds covering certain costs of the ADR.
The Arbitration & Mediation Center
Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association
(11F, Bar Association Building)
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0013
TEL +81-3-3595-8588 (Japanese only. If you do not speak Japanese, please contact us by e-mail.)
Hours: 10AM - Noon, 1PM - 4PM (Tokyo time)
Monday to Friday, except national holidays