Japan is internationally considered the ‘black hole’ of parental child abduction. Every year an estimated 150,000 parents are cut off from their children’s life due to a unilateral decision of their partner. The rest of the world describes these cases as ‘abduction’ and treat them as such, but this practice is widely tolerated in Japan. — A film by Marco Panzetti, Chiara Galvani, Federica Galvani.
Abstract This paper examines the well-being of Japanese children in single-mother families relative to children living with both parents. Using data from three rounds of