A Left Behind father posted a bit in the comments section of my earlier post, which prompted me to go and look back at some You Tubes that are up about this issue.
I didn’t see the ABC News Nightline investigation when it first appeared this past February, but it’s really worth a watch.
[Sorry, I didn’t have the link right the first time.]
I like the part at the end, [this is 7:00 or so], where the reporter asks the State Department official whether the numerous kidnappings (maybe numbering about 170) amount to a national security threat, and the official responds, “That could be.”
Diplomats are always so diplomatic. You can imagine that the more direct answer would be that the Defense Department and the major (US based) multinational corporations call the shots when it comes to America’s relationship with Japan. But you can’t expect a State Department official to come right out and say something even like that, if it is true.
What I have been wondering is whether there have been any new instances of abduction occurring since the issue has been brought to a head in major American media, and with our government. No, right? Japanese women stopped doing this since then, right? That’s not sarcasm, and I do not know the answer. My guess is that any stateside father being made a victim at this point would know to contact one of the many internet-connected support sites. I also guess that the Japanese National Police are passing the word along that doing these sorts of abductions might not be as successful in the future, as they have been in the past.
The Inoue arrest in the Wisconsin kidnapping probably heightened Japanese people’s concern about going the old routes . . .
I never got married, and so the issue doesn’t hit home for me like it does for those dozens and dozens of Left Behind parents (mostly dads).
However, as you know, I have “left behind” wages in Japan, among other things, and so I do know the sting of having the law or, what you think an above-board situation is, pulled out from under you. And nonresponse. I know all about that. I also appreciate these situations where some people are telling you to “resolve it with the Japanese”, and other people showing you that the only effective action you will ever get–even if you get it–would come from the U.S. government. Either the Administration, the Congress, or the federal Judiciary.
As this story develops throughout the 2010’s, it will be interesting to see the impact it has on America’s long-term relations with Japan. If it were not for the tsunami in March, which was its own distinct tragedy, I think the Left Behind issue would have kept going in the media all throughout the year.