BANGKOK – A 24-year-old Japanese man has sued the Thai government for the return of children he fathered with surrogate mothers, a senior Thai government official said on Tuesday.
The lawsuit was filed with a court near Bangkok, according to the official.
The man has been confirmed to have at least 18 such children. Thirteen are currently under protective custody from Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Police have identified the man as Mitsutoki Shigeta, The Associated Press reported.
The man has refused to appear for questioning by Thai police although he has submitted documents on his assets and plans to raise the children.