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

A woman in Japan has filed a lawsuit against the sperm donor who made her pregnant, alleging he was dishonest about his marital status, education level and ethnicity.

The unnamed plaintiff, a 30-year-old woman from Tokyo, said she and her husband… wanted to have a second child but was concerned after finding out her husband has a genetic disorder, reported Tokyo Shimbun through news week.

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

The woman eventually found out later in the pregnancy that the donor is actually a married Chinese man who never attended Kyoto University. After the delivery, the woman and her husband delivered the baby, who is currently being cared for at a children’s center in Tokyo.

The woman accuses the donor of misleading her into having sex with her with false information. She is now demanding about $2.8 million dollars in compensation for emotional distress.

Under Japanese “right to know” laws, the offspring of sperm donors have the legal right to identify both of their biological parents. With many donors choosing to remain anonymous, it has become difficult to find potential sperm donors in the country.

More couples in Japan are turning to social media to seek out sperm donors, and more than 10,000 children have reportedly 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, the report said. Japanese insider.

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

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

According to Okada, 96.4% of the more than 140 sperm donation platforms are “not safe”, noting that many of them serve as fronts for people looking to scam others.

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