The woman came to the Kitakyushu Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities in Fukuoka Prefecture in January to see a mother raising a child born with the same chromosomal abnormality as her own daughter.

"I understand. You must have a lot of concerns," the 44-year-old woman, from the city of Yamaguchi, said to the mother.

"Please don't cry," she told the mother, who reminded her of herself three years earlier when she gave birth to her daughter, Ayumiko.