My name is Chase VanDuzer and I am currently fighting a second legal battle to see my daughter, Emma.
I have been living and working in Japan since 2011. I originally came here to travel and save money for graduate school but as I did not receive a scholarship, I decided against going into 100k+ USD in debt.
I met my ex-wife, who is Japanese, and we started dating for a few months in 2013 before she became pregnant. We both believed in taking responsibility and decided to have the child and get married. We felt that it was too soon but that we would be better off financially and could make the relationship work.
After two years it became clear that the marriage would not work despite our mutual love of our daughter, Emma. I was a primary caregiver and heavily involved in her life before suddenly being cut off im 2015. This is customary in Japan culture, as many fathers never see their children again or if they do, only receive visitation for once a month and for a minimal 2 to 4 hours.
For 1.5 years I spent a lot of money and energy to fight for my limited rights as a father in Japan only to agree to two visits per month for two hours each time.
Things were going well until 2017 when my ex-wife cut off the contact with my daughter again. I have been fighting a second legal battle since then. This is still ongoing and so unnecessary not to mention being a waste of money that we could spend on Emma's education.
I realize this platform may not be the best option to clearly communicate this story. I am not sure if it is possible to communicate with anyone who donates, but if so, please feel free to reach out if you know someone going through a similar situation. It's important to have a community of hope and positive thinking.
Thank you all!