The media attend a news briefing where Thai police display projected pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal.
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A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained anonymous in the Japanese media. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody of his children by a Thai court Tuesday, is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin. A Japanese lawyer who reportedly represented Shigeta refused to discuss the case, and officials at Hikari Tsushin were not available for comment Wednesday.Shigeta is the oldest of founder Yasumitsu Shigeta's three sons and has businesses in Asian countries including Thailand and Cambodia, where he made arrangements for the surrogate children.Japanese tabloids reported in 2014 that Shigeta said he wanted to produce 100 to 1,000 children and that if he were successful it would cost millions of dollars.
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