A Conversation with Vincent Fichot, Left Behind Parent (Japan) – Hosted by Deanielle Dawra and Brian Duzet (Part 1)

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In 2018, Vincent Fichot came home to an empty house in Tokyo, Japan. His wife, 3-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter had vanished. All he had done was suggest that he might want a divorce. He hasn't seen or heard from his family since, and every effort to contact or reunite with his family has been blocked by his wife, her lawyers, Japanese courts, the police, policymakers from Japan and even his own country of origin – France. This includes Emmanuel Macron, French President and Josep Borrell, Spanish politician serving as High Representative of the European Union.

With nowhere else to go, Vincent started a hunger strike in a desperate attempt to reunite with his kids. In this podcast, you will hear the extent a dad will go to reunite with his kids, the gross negligence of the Japanese courts on the rights of children to have both of their parents, and above all, this reality of child abduction when it comes to Japan.

The name You’re Double was inspired by the fact that children are made up of two parents, two families, two cultures, two backgrounds and this makes children who they are. This is what we believe makes children amazing – their double experiences, double cultures, and sometimes double languages. And this is why children deserve the love of both parents!

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