Searching for the Stork

Person of the Year 2003:
The American Soldier

 Portrait of a Platoon
 Photoessay: A Soldier's Life
 2003: In Memoriam
 2003: People Who Mattered
December 29, 2003 Issue

 Taiwan: SARS Gets Loose
 Japan: Searching for the Stork
 Bhutan: Pax Interrupta
 Eulogy: Blas Ople

 Getaways: Own an Island!
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It's hard to be against motherhood, but Japan, a country with a falling birthrate, may have found a way. When television variety-show host Aki Mukai and her husband, former professional wrestler Nobuhiko Takada, announced the birth of their twin boys last Tuesday, they drew fresh attention to the country's restrictive law surrounding surrogate mothers. Due to a 41-year-old Supreme Court ruling, Mukai, 39, can't be registered as the twins' biological mother, because the couple used a surrogate to give birth; to be recognized, she must legally adopt the twins.

Mukai, whose bout with cervical cancer three years...

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