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Father in custody fight freed by Japan

Japanese police said yesterday they had released an American 18 days after his arrest on accusations he snatched his children from his ex-wife.

The case is among a growing number of international custody disputes in Japan, which allows only one parent to be a custodian - almost always the mother.

While prosecutors have not pressed charges against Christopher Savoie, they haven't yet dropped the case, said a police official in the southern city of Yanagawa.

Savoie, 38, of Franklin, Tennessee, was arrested after his Japanese ex-wife accused him of grabbing his two children, aged 8 and 6, as she walked them to school.

Japan's custody policy is raising concern abroad, following a recent spate of incidents involving mothers bringing their children back to their native land and refusing to let their foreign ex-husbands visit them.


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