“I am leaving with my kids, or as a dead body!” Vincent Fichot, A Left Behind Parent on a Hunger Strike against Japan

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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 has started a hunger strike in a desperate attempt to reunite with his kids. His goal is to stop the strike with a positive end or die trying, literally. I had a chance to speak with Vincent last week, 5 days before he started the strike. 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.

If you are interested in his journey with this hunger strike, you can visit the links below. We will document his journey on a daily basis and we will also share his updates through our social media channels.

FMP Featured page for Vincent: https://findmyparent.org/vincent-fichot

Twitter: @FichotVincent Facebook page: @FichotVincent Support Group: vfichot@yahoo.com Youtube: Vincent Fichot

I would like to remind everyone that we recently launched a petition targeted at the Japanese government to stand up for the 3million kids who have been trafficked since 1991, legally with the help of single custody laws in Japan. Japan does not recognize joint custody. laws as the lawyers and judges profit from it and receive up to 30% of child support payments until the child reaches 20 years of age!

While it’s a gain for the lawyers and judges, this is a loss-loss situation for the children and parents affected by the single custody law.Winning this campaign depends on our ability to call on thousands of supporters like you. Your signature(support) is all that we need. Please support our petition and tell the International Organizations and the government to pressure Japan to adopt a joint custody law. You can find the petition at https://www.change.org/jointcustodyjapan.

If you are someone who got separated from your own parent, and would like to find your parent again, please go to https://findmyparent.org and fill out your details. With the help of our smart algorithms and matching technology, we hope to help you find your alienated parent again. If you are part of an NGO or even a private company passionate about this topic, please reach out through the contact us page in findmyparent.org and we hope to work together with you. (https://findmyparent.org/contact).

Alright folks, That is it for this week, and speak to you next week! Take care till then.