Baby Manji reaches Osaka
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Ending months of uncertainty over her fate, Manji Yamada, the baby born in India to a surrogate mother under contract to a Japanese man, arrived in Osaka to unite with her father, 45-year-old Ikufumi Yamada. The three-month-old baby had been unable to leave India after her birth because she holds neither an Indian nor a Japanese nationality. The issue was resolved recently after the Japanese Government issued a one-year visa to her on humanitarian grounds.
The girl arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture from India on Sunday, accompanied by her 70-year-old grandmother Emkio Yamada. The Japanese Government had issued the visa last week after the Indian Government had granted the baby a travel certificate in September in line with a Supreme Court direction. According to Japanese authorities, it is possible for the baby to become a naturalised Japanese citizen once a parent-child relationship has been established, either by the man recognising his paternity or through his adoption of her.
Manji was born to a surrogate mother at Anand in Gujarat on July 25 and was brought to a hospital in Jaipur on August 3. However, before the baby was born, the Yamadas separated, with the wife not willing to accept the child.
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