• Kyodo


The Takamatsu High Court on Tuesday began hearing the case of a woman who wants her late husband to be recognized as the father of her 2-year-old son, who was conceived via in vitro fertilization from his frozen sperm after his death.

It is the first case of its kind in Japan. The plaintiff is arguing that while the Civil Code does not deal with cases such as hers, the parental relationship between her late husband and the child should be guaranteed under the Constitution and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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