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Unlike Western nations, Japan does not recognise joint custody and courts almost always order that children of divorcees live with their mothers.
US lawmakers have long demanded Japan fall into line on the issue, one of the few open disputes between the close allies.
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Bae, who is believed to be a Korean-American tour operator, was arrested in November as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason.
US officials pointed out he had entered the country on a valid visa, and admitted to concerns he could be used as a “political bargaining” chip.