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'Japanese man wanted to father 1,000 kids'

A Japanese man suspected of fathering at least 15 surrogate children in Thailand had planned to sire as many as 1,000, it has been reported.

Mitsutoki Shigeta, 24, said he wanted to produce between 100 and 1,000 babies, according to the co-founder of an organisation that provides surrogate services in Thailand and other countries.

"The best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children," Mariam Kukunashvili of New Life Global Network quoted him as saying.

She said she refused to introduce him to more surrogate mothers, and reported her suspicions to the Japanese embassy and Interpol, The Japan Times reported.

Thai police are investigating the man for possible trafficking offences, after it emerged he had taken three babies out of the country in the past year. Investigators said DNA tests confirmed that nine infants found in a Thai condominium last week shared a common father.

New Life Global Network provides reproductive medical services in Thailand, Georgia and other countries.

Kukunashvili confirmed that the organisation introduced two surrogate mothers to Shigeta. They gave birth to three children, including a pair of twins, last year.

She learned later that he was trying to have three more children elsewhere.

She said she never met Shigeta, but he told staff at her organisation that he wanted to have 10 to 15 babies a year, The Japan Times reported.

In August last year, she expressed her concerns to Shigeta in an email. She received a reply from his lawyer, stating that he has a legal right to have as many children as he wants.

She reported him to the Japanese embassy in Georgia and Interpol via email. She said an embassy official in Tbilisi told her to wait until Interpol responded.

Shigeta allegedly told New Life Global Network staff that he had passports from 10 countries, including Japan, Cambodia and China, and showed some of the passports to staff.


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