The Mysterious Man of the Japanese Man Holder Custody 13 Thai Children

A Japanese businessman who won custody for 13 children born to surrogate mothers or surrogate mothers in Thailand was not widely known in his home country.

Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was given sole custody by a court in Thailand on Tuesday / 2), is the son of the founder of telecommunication and insurance company Hikari Tsushin. As a major shareholder, he earns billions of dollars of dividends annually. But he chose to shy away from the spotlight.

The surrogate mother or surrogate mothers are women who are bound by covenant with spouses or other clients to conceive the seeds of the client in exchange for certain.

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The media spotlight on Shigeta after the discovery of babies at a condominium in Bangkok in 2014, eased. Many have identified this as a result of defamation claims and pressure put forward by his father's company. The Japanese-language media referred to him as a 28-year-old unknown man.

Information from a court ruling on Tuesday, from doctors and a fertility clinic also did not help uncover the mystery of Shigeta.

Japanese lawyers reportedly represented Shigeta refusing to discuss the case that. Officials at Hikari Tsushin also declined to comment.

The company started as a business enterprise of business phones and office equipment. Now, the company is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and has more than 180 subsidiaries. Shigeta is the eldest of three brothers of the company's founder, Yasumitsu Shigeta. Shigeta has business in Thailand and Cambodia, where she has children through surrogate mother.

 Wassana Meechamnarn, 32, a former surrogate mother, spoke to an investigator to give testimony as witness to a baby scandal from a surrogate mother involving Japanese businessmen , at the Lumpini police station, in Thailand, August 25, 2018.

Wassana Meechamnarn, 32, a former surrogate mother, spoke to an investigator to give testimony as a witness to a baby scandal from a surrogate mother involving Japanese businessmen, police Lumpini, in Thailand, August 25, 2018.

Some Japanese tabloids in 2014 reported that Shigeta revealed he wanted to produce 100 to 1,000 children. If he succeeds, it will cost millions of dollars. He searched for equipment that could freeze and preserve his "high quality" sperm at home so he could keep producing children until old age, according to Japanese media reports.

Thai authorities dismissed the possibility of human trafficking and other criminal motives. 19659002] Mariam Kukunashvili, founder of New Light clinic in Thailand who recruited some surrogate mothers of the babies told Associated Press in 2014, that Shigeta told him "he wants to have 10-15 babies in a year and he wants continue to make the child until he dies. "According to Kukunashvili, Shigeta also told him that he wanted to advance in the general election and win by using the votes of his extended family.

The Shigeta case and several other cases have prompted the Thai government to ban pregnancy practices with mothers a commercial replacement for foreigners. As a result, many foreigners turned to Cambodia to find a surrogate mother. But Cambodia also later banned this practice. [fw/au]

When the UN ran out of words about children killed in Syria

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The United Nations Children's Fund Agency or UNICEF issued a blank 'statement' to express anger over the large number of fatalities, especially children, in the Syrian conflict. The latest attack of the Syrian regime in East Ghouta and Damascus sparked many fatalities.

"There are no words that can bring justice to the dead children, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones, "said UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappalaere, as quoted by Reuters Tuesday (20/2/2018).

The words open UNICEF 'blank' statements. Below that sentence, there are only 10 blank lines with quotation marks indicating clearly missing text.

A footnote at the bottom explains the meaning of this empty 'statement'

"UNICEF issued this empty statement.We no longer have words to describe our children's sufferings and anger, "the explanation explains.

"Do those who cause suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?" added the explanation.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's loyalist army has surrounded nearly 400,000 civilians trapped in the East Ghouta region for years. The siege was increasingly tightened throughout the year and the onslaught of the region continued to be enhanced.

The siege tactics and indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas contrasted with the internationally agreed 'war rules'

Syrian human rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Syrian government forces launching air strikes in East Ghouta on Monday (19/2) evening until Tuesday (20/2) morning. The attack reportedly killed more than 100 people, with at least 20 of them children.

(nvc / ita)

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Japanese man wins custody of 13 Thai children from surrogate mother

The Thai court ruled in favor of a Japanese journalist's request for "sole custody" of 13 of her children born to some Thai surrogate mothers, AFP reported Tuesday (20/2). Thus, the Japanese man could bring the children to Japan

Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to be in the spotlight in the scandal of "child factory" in 2014, after Thai police found a DNA link between him and nine babies found in the care of some babysitters 24 hours, in a luxury apartment in Bangkok

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The children are estimated aged between 2 weeks and two years at the time. Since found, they are placed under state care. He also later considered a biological father for four other children.

This discovery highlights the 'wretched-rent' industry in Thailand, which at that time has not been regulated, prompting authorities in 2015 to ban foreigners from paying Thai women into surrogate mothers .

Shigeta, reportedly the son of an industrial technology tycoon in Japan, left Thailand at the time the scandal arose and never directly explained why he has many children.

He then sued the Ministry of Social Development and Humanity to court to get the right (19459007):

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Bangkok Court grants custody to Shigeta on the grounds he has a lot of money to take care of the children and has set up nurses and nannies, in a dormitory "For the happiness and opportunity that will be received by all 13 children from their biological fathers, who have no history of bad behavior, the court decides they become legitimate children of plaintiffs," the Central Youth Tribunal said in a statement. statement. The statement did not name Shigeta for reasons of secrecy.

Shigeta, who did not attend the trial, was considered the "single parent" of the children, after surrogate moms from Thailand abandoned their rights, the court added. [19659002] Shigeta's attorney said he would contact the Social Welfare Ministry to discuss the transfer of the children from state parenting. He added that the timing of custody transfers would depend on the "readiness" of the children, who are on average four years old.

"The possibility of state-owned shelter officers is also needed to stay with them to avoid sudden changes," Kong said. Suriyamontol, Shigeta's lawyer, told reporters outside the courthouse

The Ministry of Social Welfare could not immediately be reached for comment. [fw/au]

Nigerian forces free 46 hostages Boko Haram, including 27 children

Nigerian troops managed to free at least 46 people hostage by the militant group Boko Haram. The released hostages included 19 women and 27 children. The release came after troops destroyed a hideout of the armed group in the northeastern Borno state.

"The troops expelled the Boko Haram terrorists from one of the hideouts around the S-Form, part of the Sambisa forest, which is also believed to be one of their precious locations, "the Nigerian Ministry of Defense told AFP, Wednesday (14/2/2018).

" The valiant armies also destroyed eight truckloads of firearms, some accommodation temporary and tents, as well as troops rescuing 19 women and 27 children from the terrorist enclave, "the military statement said.

The Nigerian military says several militants were also killed in the incident. Two armored personnel carriers, a truck and a Boko Haram laptop were also confiscated by the apparatus.

Although the Nigerian military has declared victory over Boko Haram, they continue to engage in firefights with members of the militant group in northeastern Nigeria .

Not long ago, the Nigerian government requested parliamentary approval to use a $ 1 billion fund to root out the Boko Haram rebellion that has taken place since 2009. More than 20,000 people have been reported dead and millions displaced by Boko Haram attacks.

Earlier on Saturday (10/2) local time, the Nigerian government announced the release of three lecturers and 10 women held hostage by Boko Haram. They have been abducted by Boko Haram militants since last year.

(ita / ita)

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Injuries Lurking Boxers Thai Children

Cheers broke out as two boys hooked each other in boxing ring, in Buriran province, in northeastern Thailand.

After five rounds, the winner of the match was Nantappy Promsod, 11 years old, known as the nickname : "Saksandee Super Besar."

He was awarded 3,000 baht ($ 94.34) for winning the match and getting an additional 1,500 bath ($ 47.17) for each match he attended.

Nanthawat is one of at least 10 boxers aged 15 years or less in Satuk District. Almost every village there has a boxing seat.

"Muay Thai," or Thai Boxing, is said to be 2,000 years old. Known as the "Art of Eight Body Members," the Muay Thai movement relies heavily on elbows, hands, knees and feet.

Thailand's national sport is gaining popularity abroad. But in Thailand itself, Muay Thai is a way to get out of poverty. Those who can reach the top position in this sport can earn a lot of money.

The countryside in northeastern Thailand is the home of big boxing stars winning international awards, such as the middle-class boxer Buakaw Banchamek, the two-time K-1 World MAX .

Originally from Surin Province, Buakaw, 35, started competing when he was eight years old and won the first international kickboxing tournament in Tokyo in 2004.

Nantikit wants to follow in his footsteps

"I want to be a champion" said Nanthawat, who has played 40 times in his career for 2 years. In the last few months Nantakin has won more than 10 consecutive games.

But as more and more Thai children, some even pre-kindergarten children, pursue Muay Thai, doctors and some children's rights organizations, warn sports can cause chronic health problems, such as neurological or neurological disorders.

Jiraporn Laothamatas, a neurologist and director of the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center in Thailand, said the study he performed for five years showed a pattern of brain damage and memory loss young boxers, compared to those who are not boxing.

"There is no safe boxing activity because you can see even adult boxers get older too, they also have Parkinson's disease, which is caused by brain damage.

According to the data Thai Sports Authority last year, more than 10,000 Thai boxers were less than 15 years old. But experts say the actual figure could be 20 times higher because not all boxers are registered.

However, parents and coaches reasoned, Muay Thai teaches discipline and an important source of income.

"The money earned from Nantappy from boxing will we're tubing for her needs, "said Nantakin's father and coach, Ong-arj Promsod, 36. "When we're short of money, I'll give him some pocket money for school." [fw/au]