Thirty-three-year-old Satoko Nagamura has long wanted to have a child with her same-sex partner. However, it’s extremely rare for same-sex couples to raise children in Japan, and for a long time Nagamura believed that it was basically impossible.

Nagamura’s views shifted after she stumbled across a blog by a domestic gay writer in the mid-2000s that recounted the steps she went through to give birth after importing sperm from the United States. The blogger’s story gave Nagamura a glimmer of hope.

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