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First Japanese trans man recognized as father of child conceived with donor sperm

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recognized as the father of his child conceived with donor semen in a landmark decision.

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15th December 2013 14:24

Alessia Valenza

The Supreme Court of Japan has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recorded as his child’s father, despite the child being created with donor sperm, in the first decision of its kind.

The 31-year-old unnamed man legally married his wife in 2008 after undergoing sex change procedures and she gave birth to their son in 2009 after undergoing artificial insemination.

However when the family moved to Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo and he sought to register the boy as the couple’s child within marriage, officials refused to acknowledge him as the father – leaving that space blank on the register.

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