Just yesterday, an ABC news clip reported that now eight envoys have urged Japan to sign onto the Hague Abduction Convention. The pressure continues to mount to get Japan--the last Group of Seven member to holdout--to commit to jurisdictional safeguards in the widely accepted multilateral treaty.
I can see two reasons why lawyers, politicians, and the public keep interested about Japan's refusal. First, and most obvious, is the thousands of parents who have no legal recourse when a non-custodial or joint-custodial parent takes a child to Japan.
Second, I think that this issue smashes the hopes of some for global consensus in family law issues. That is, if Japan can't agree on jurisdiction, how will it ever agree on any of the substantive issues that might benefit from multilateral harmonization efforts? In the end, jurisdiction-specific family law will stick around for a long, long time.