After seven years of life in Germany, Pierluigi (fictional name - he preferred to remain anonymous) moved to Tokyo with his Japanese wife and their two children (1 and 3 at the time). It was September 2015. Only two months after, his wife left with their children and never came back. The legal battle he started for his right to visit and custody has only led to partial results. In the last three years, Pierluigi has been forced away from his children for 17 months.