Our sitting of June 29 in Paris near Japanese Embassy made obiously very nervous Minister Juichi Takahara who received us, i.e. our Association together with French politicians (both right and left wing members) and French families of victimized children, some of those crying during the meeting indeed.
We experienced of course during the reception the usual sweet talk about cultural differences, opportunity to create (foggy) commissions to exchange information about cultural differences, etc which led SOS PAPA to take on purpose a strong and provocative stance, referring in bulk to Human Rights, Tokyo Olympic Games, Japanese abductions of foreign kids covered somehow by the Japanese Government and therefore not so different after all of the North Korean ones, most schocking and unacceptable indeed, etc.
We explained as well Minister Takahara that our first sitting on such issue, covered of course by international media was a warning, and would be followed by more significant actions in case Japan would not improve the existing situation, this file becoming now highly sensitive for various countries concerned.
Best personal regards,
Jacques Colleau Head of International Affairs SOS PAPA An Assocation Member of the National Union of French Families