Women in Okinawa Demand Child Support from US Servicemen

Social service agencies and children’s rights groups estimate that there are about 4,000 children in Okinawa abandoned by American servicemen. According to Annette Eddie-Callagain, who has opened a private law practice to help the deserted Okinawan families, the children are deprived of basic human necessities such as food and education due to the desperate economic situation of their mothers. Additionally, the children endure prejudice from the Japanese society, which still does not accept multiracial children. While the United States and some European countries have agreements allowing women to receive financial support for children in the case of military personnel abandonment, no such agreement exists between the United States and Japan.



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