According to the Japanese news outlet Tokyo Shinbun, the woman – who is in her 30s – is suing him for $2.86m (330m yen).
She believed that she had found a well-off Japanese man who had an education at the Kyoto University, and slept with him on 10 occasions to conceive the child.
The woman had already had one child with her present husband, but after learning that he had a hereditary disorder that could be passed down to his children, she chose to try for a second child with a donor.
She turned to social media for aid in finding the ideal individual.
And in July 2019, their efforts were rewarded.
However, soon after becoming pregnant by the donor, the woman, who is unidentified in reports, realized that the biological father of her unborn child was a married Chinese man who did not attend the elite research university.
When she found out, it was too late to abort the baby, she decided to give it up for adoption and filed a lawsuit against the man for “emotional distress” due to his lack of transparency.
In aVice World News report, Japanese sperm donations aren’t particularly strictly regulated.
Proper artificial insemination by a donor, which involves inserting the sperm into someone’s uterus, is limited to heterosexual married couples.
As a result, this has led people to the internet to find alternative ways to get sperm.
“In Japan, there is no public system or legal system for sperm donation,” said the woman’s lawyer in a press conference on Tuesday as noted by TBS News.
The lawyer also claimed that the woman experienced sleep disorders and gave up the child, which garnered backlash.
Mizuho Sasaki, a woman who works at a child welfare facility, told Vice World News that it was “unacceptable” for the woman to essentially discard the child.
Regardless, Sasaki believes that it’s better to have the child in the care of someone who could be a great “foster parent”.