SAMANTHA HAWLEY: Twenty-four year old Mitsutoki Shigeta is a multimillionaire. The Japanese national says his motives are pure; a large family is all he wants.
Using his own sperm and 11 surrogate mothers in Thailand he's fathered 15 children.
So why in the world did he want all those kids?
Mr Kokiat said Mr Shigeta hired 11 Thai surrogate mothers to carry his children, including four sets of twins. Police have not determined the biological mothers.
'As soon as they got pregnant, he requested more,' said Mariam Kukunashvili of the New Life clinic, which operates in Thailand and six other countries.
'He said he wanted 10 to 15 babies a year, and that he wanted to continue the baby-making process until he's dead,' she said, adding that he had also inquired about equipment to freeze his sperm.
As for Mr Shigeta's motives, she said he told the clinic's manager that 'he wanted to win elections and could use his big family for voting,' and that 'the best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children'.
For voting? Come on. You don't sway elections even with the biggest of families.
So he wanted a big family of 15 (some stories say up to 20) babies, of all the same age. Without marrying the mother of his children.
And he operates in an area of the world notorious for child prostitution. Uh-huh.
But there's no danger of IVF. Reproductive freedom and all that. Women aren't treated as incubators or anything. There's no danger that the children will be anything but loved and cared for.
In my years as a social conservative activist, one rule of thumb I've developed in regards to reproduction: if you can imagine the scenario, it will probably happen.