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In 2010, one of Japan’s most prominent female politicians, Seiko Noda, sparked controversy by bearing a child at age 50 through artificial insemination after years of infertility treatment.

“What bothered me is that especially in the initial stage (of the therapy), I wasn’t even able to say it out loud that I was going through (infertility treatment) and I felt as if I were doing something you just don’t tell people about,” she said while looking back on the push to improve infertility care in Japan.

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