Japanese woman gives up baby, sues sperm donor for $3 million after learning he lied

A woman in Japan has sued the sperm donor who got her pregnant, alleging he was dishonest about her marital status, education and ethnicity.

The anonymous complainant, a 30-year-old woman from Tokyo, said she and her husband wanted to have a second child but worried after finding out her husband had a hereditary condition, reported Tokyo Shimbun Going through News week.

After deciding to use a sperm donor, they found a man in his twenties on social media who claimed to be a Japanese bachelor who had graduated from Kyoto University, one of Japan’s top universities. After having sex with the donor 10 times, the woman finally got pregnant in June 2019.

The woman eventually discovered later in the pregnancy that the donor was actually a married Chinese man who had never attended Kyoto University. After giving birth, the woman and her husband abandoned the baby, who is currently being cared for at a children’s center in Tokyo.

The woman accused the donor of misleading her with false information to have sex with her. She is now seeking approximately $2.8 million in compensation for her emotional distress.

Under Japan’s “right to know” laws, offspring of sperm donors have the legal right to identify both of their biological parents. With many donors choosing to remain anonymous, finding potential sperm donors in the country has become complicated.

More and more couples in Japan have taken to social media to search for sperm donors, and more than 10,000 children are believed to have been born with the involvement of a third party.

The Mirai Life Research Institute opened Japan’s first sperm bank last summer to provide a safer option for Japanese couples trying to conceive, reported Initiated in Japan.

The institute’s director, Dr. Hiroshi Okada, has warned that unsupervised forms of insemination pose health risks and other dangers.

“Not only is this a security issue, but it can also be criminal and extremely dangerous,” Okada said. “The sperm that is donated may contain infectious agents. We don’t know whether the sperm belongs to the donor or not. When the child is born, it may turn out that the sperm is not Japanese. Such crazy things happen produce.”

According to Okada, 96.4% of more than 140 sperm donation platforms are “unsafe”, noting that many of them serve as fronts for people who want to scam others.

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