"Megumi became much happier and more outgoing," she says. "She loved to talk, she was lively - she even wanted to go back to school, and that's when I thought, 'This has all been worth it!'"
Some people might not agree with Asako's decision, which doesn't come as a surprise for her. "I know what I'm doing is drastic," she said. "But I really, really wanted to save my daughter."
"I know some people think it's foolish to pay money to lie to my own daughter and to have a pretend father, but I was desperate," she continues. "Anyone can understand that horrible feeling of desperation, to see your child so hurt."
"When the three of us are together, I feel at peace. We talk, we laugh, and we are very kind to each other."