Courtesy Scott Sawyer
  • Japan World News

    Scott Sawyer said he and his ex-wife, who asked us not to use her name or her face, had a storybook romance until the birth of their son Wayne. Sawyer's former wife admitted to kidnapping now 4-year-old Wayne in 2008, but said their divorce left her no choice. <p> After fleeing to her native Japan, Sawyer's ex-wife requested he pay her $3,000 to be able to see their son via webcam. She calls it child support. He calls it extortion.
    Courtesy Scott Sawyer
  • Japan World News

    Sawyer said he worries constantly about Wayne, who now speaks virtually no English.
    Courtesy Scott Sawyer
  • Japan World News

    Michael Elias, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an IED blast in 2007 while serving in Iraq, began dating Mayumi while stationed in Japan. After learning she was pregnant, Elias brought her to the U.S. where they married and welcomed a second child.
    Courtesy Michael Elias
  • Japan World News

    The last time Elias heard from his daughter, Jade, was on a Skype conversation more than a year ago.
    Courtesy Michael Elias
  • Japan World News

    Elias has not spent time with Jade and Michael, since they were abducted in 2008. He still sends them birthday and Christmas presents, hoping they will remember their lives with him.
    Courtesy Michael Elias
  • Japan World News

    Navy Cdr. Paul Toland met his wife Etsuko, left, while he was stationed in Japan. They were married for seven years before Erika was born. Etsuko's mother, Akiko Futagi, right, is now raising Erika in Japan.
    Courtesy Paul Toland
  • Japan World News

    Toland last saw Erika when she was nine months old. Nearly five years after taking Erika in 2003, Toland's wife, Etsuko, killed herself. Though Toland is the sole surviving parent, Erika – now nearly nine years old – remains with her grandmother.
    Courtesy Paul Toland
  • Japan World News

    Randy Collins says his marriage to Reiko Nakata changed drastically after the birth of their son, Keisuke. The child was kidnapped in 2008.
    Courtesy Randy Collins
  • Japan World News

    Keisuke Collins is now nearly eight years old. His mother is on the FBI's Most Wanted List for parental kidnapping, but Japanese police in her hometown told ABC News they would not do anything to pick her up because she had not violate Japanese law.
    Courtesy Randy Collins
  • Japan World News

    Patrick Braden has not seen his daughter since her 2006 kidnapping from California. Melissa Braden is now nearly six years old and goes by her Japanese name, Hinako. Braden's ex-girlfriend, Ryoko Uchiyama is on the FBI's Most Wanted List for parental kidnapping.
    Courtesy Patrick Braden
  • Japan World News

    Walter Benda, shown here with his eldest daughter when she was an infant, has not seen his two daughters since they were taken more than 15 years ago. His children are now adults. There has been a U.S. federal warrant for his ex-wife's arrest since 1996.
    Courtesy Walter Benda
  • Japan World News

    Brian Prager says his wife Machico abducted their little boy Rui in the summer of 2010.
    Courtesy Brian Prager
  • Japan World News

    Prager is only starting to come to terms with the loss of his son. "I can still smell his hair and remember what it's like to kiss him on the neck," he said, "and carry him to school."
    Courtesy Brian Prager
  • Japan World News

    William Lake's daughter, Mary Victoria, was abducted in 2004. Neither William nor his ex-wife, Nadya Shapovalova, are Japanese. Mary is now nearly 14-years-old.
    Courtesy William Lake
  • Japan World News

    Dr. Moises Garcia has court-ordered custody of his daughter Karina in both the United States and Japan, yet has been limited to just a few short visits with his daughter.
    Courtesy Dr. Moises Garcia
  • Japan World News

    Douglass Berg's children, Gunnar and Kianna, were taken in 2009 after his ex-wife took them for a vacation in her native Japan and never returned. Berg said he was an active father, taking his kids camping, canoeing and fishing.
    Courtesy Douglass Berg
  • Japan World News

    Chris Savoie made headlines in 2009 when he was arrested while attempting to take his abducted children, Isaac and Rebecca, out of Japan and back to the United States. He called the experience "humiliating," but says it was, for him, the only thing he found rational at the time.
    Courtesy Christopher Savoie
  • Japan World News

    Brett Weed's children, Takoda and Tiana, were abducted by their mother in 2004. He fears their American heritage is being lost.
    Courtesy Brett Weed
  • Japan World News

    Ezra Lui, abducted from New York City in 1999 by his mother Terumi, is now 13 years old. His father, Sam Lui, says he has nightmares. Lui has fought in both U.S. and Japanese courts for the right to see his son.
    Courtesy Sam Lui
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