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.
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.
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]