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Ova brokers remain unchecked / No. of births resulting from in vitro fertilization abroad unknown
Although Yomiuri Shimbun research indicates that at least 130 children were born to Japanese parents from 2007 to 2011 after their mothers received ova from donors overseas, the exact number is unknown because the firms that arrange the treatment are unregulated.
While an increasing number of women in Japan wish to provide ova for infertile couples, rules on the practice have not been established in Japan. This has led to a growing number of unregulated brokerages in Japan that mediate in vitro fertilization with donated ova overseas.
The brokerages introduce ova donors to couples who want to receive in vitro fertilization.
The husband's sperm is used to …