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Franklin Dad Considers Hunger Strike in Japanese Jail

Christopher Savoie with Isaac and Rebecca Christopher Savoie with Isaac and Rebecca
Amy Savoie Amy Savoie
Isaac and Rebecca Isaac and Rebecca
Noriko Savoie Noriko Savoie

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Christopher Savoie remains behind bars after prosecutors decided overnight to extend his time in a Japanese jail.

Now, after capturing international attention for trying to rescue the children who were abducted from him, the Franklin father may be contemplating even more drastic action.

Police in Fukuoka, Japan, had held him for 10 days. Friday, they decided to hold him for another 10 days while they decide what to do with his case.

NewsChannel 5's chief investigative reporter Phil Williams got an exclusive peek at Savoie's letters home.

"He said, 'Don't worry. I have gone camping before so I know how to handle Spartan conditions with some sense of dignity and hygiene,'" said Savoie's wife, Amy, smiling as she read.

It's a tiny flash of humor that Amy finds in one of her husband's two letters from a Japanese jail. 

Yet, there's no humor in news that he faces even more  time behind bars for trying to rescue the children that Tennessee courts said belonged with him.

"I found out from you first in a text message at 3 o'clock in the morning," she told Phil Williams. "Then at 5 o'clock in the morning someone from the consulate called me and told me."

Savoie was arrested last week after he grabbed his children -- Isaac and Rebecca -- as they walked to school, then raced to the nearby U.S. Consulate.

Since then, here in this jail, Amy says he's been subjected to repeated questioning.

"They can, in what we would consider in the United States, basically just make up their own rules as they go along," she added. "They can interrogate him at any time they want to. They don't need to have a lawyer present."

It follows the abduction of the children back in August by Christopher's ex-wife, Noriko, in violation of court orders here. Franklin police issued a warrant for her arrest.

But in Japan, he's now considered the criminal, potentially facing years in a Japanese prison.

"Rumor has it from what I understand at the consulate he may be considering a hunger strike." Amy said.

"How do you feel about that?" Williams asked.

"I think it's the talk of a desperate man."

Still, Amy Savoie says her husband finds hope that his predicament may bring attention to what the U.S. government says is a problem of children being abducted to Japan.

"In a strange way I am really quite grateful to God in for this challenge," he wrote to her.

"And it has afforded us to shine a bright light on an important injustice too. It is my hope that our ordeal will in the end help countless people in both Japan and United States."

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