This week we will be studying 'Used to'
The topic for this week is: Shopping
Part 3 Roleplay:
Decide which store to go to next / Stop your partner from buying something useless / Open your own store
Whether you're good with your hands / What the last long journey you had was / If you try and eat healthy / What manga you read as a child / If you think money is all you need / Tell the class about a movie that blew you away
Whether you've made any new year's resolutions, and if you had to make one, what it would be / Whether you think luck plays a role in your life, and if you think some people are luckier than others, or if it's all down to psychology / Which country you consider to be the epitome of a well-run democracy that works to serve the people
News: Vincent Fichot – Child Kidnapping
French authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Japanese woman whose two children have been kept from their father in a case that has revived debate about "parental kidnapping" in Japan. The children's French father Vincent Fichot – a resident in Japan – has drawn international attention over his attempts to reestablish contact with his son and daughter, who he says were kidnapped by their mother in 2018.
French authorities issued the international warrant over allegations of parental abduction and endangering a minor, according to a source close to the issue and Fichot. Japanese law does not include a provision for shared custody when parents separate, and authorities have long been accused of turning a blind eye when one parent denies the other access to their children.
Fichot staged a three-week hunger strike during the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year to draw attention to his case, and says he has received support from foreign and Japanese parents.
Extra Note: Japan is a party to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which obliges signatories to promptly return abducted children to their country of habitual residence. The convention entered into force for Japan on 1 April 2014. The issue had become a cause for significant concern to other parties, the majority of which are Western countries.
1) Where you aware that mothers “visiting home” to never return was an issue?
2) What do you think drives someone to do this? homesick / awful person / abuse
3) Should the Japanese government be doing more?
4) Should people who kidnap their own children be subject to punishment?
5) What do you think of people going on hunger strike?
Talking Points: Thoughts on these points?
1) In Japan, over 80% of cases the mothers receive custody.
2) Under the Hague law it determines that children should be returned to their habitual residence. This is defined as a place where they have some degree of integration in a social and family environment.