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German firm suspends Japanese investor wanted in Thailand : SCMP

A Japanese at the heart of the surrogacy scandal in Thailand had invested in an application company; Familonet, but has now been suspended as an investor as a precautionary measure, the South China Morning Post reported.

Thai police have tried to locate Mitsutoki Shigeta, 24, who is believed to have fathered a dozen children through Thai surrogate mothers. He travelled in and out Thailand and Cambodia on several occasions, many times carrying a baby with him.

The Post online reported that Shigeta is a shareholder in the Hamburg-based firm, which created an application to automatically alert parents about the movements of their children.

Following reports of Shigeta's alleged involvement in the scandal, the company said it had initiated precautionary actions to suspend him as an investor in case the accusations are confirmed, according to the Post.

Familonet has since taken down photos of the Japanese man from its Facebook site.

Records show Shigeta visited Thailand more than 65 times since 2012. In October of that year, he was in Germany for the formal establishment of Familonet. Coincidentally, Familonet's chief executive Hauke Windmuller’s profile on LinkedIn says he completed a master’s degree at a university in Bangkok in 2012.


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