Court docket awards custody rights to French man’s spouse who absconded with kids

The Tokyo Family Court ruled Thursday that a Japanese woman who ran off with her children and refused to let her French husband see them has the rights to their custody, in a dispute which led French authorities to issue an international arrest warrant for the woman last year .

Though similar disputes involving Japanese citizens married to foreign nationals are not rare, the issue drew public attention after the French man, Vincent Fichot, staged a hunger strike near the National Stadium ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, to raise awareness of his situation.

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