Can you imagine not speaking to your wife for a day? How about 20 years? Well, this one Japanese husband he refused to speak to his wife for 20 years, they even shared a house together.
Yoshiki, The couple’s 18-year-old son, turned to a TV show for help after explaining his dad had spent 20 years living with his wife, Yumi, in silence. Their dad Otou would only respond with grunts and nods.
When finally spoke which was becasue TV show forced him to speak. The reason stunned many: he envied the attention Yumi gave to their children.
“I was kind of … jealous,” he said on the show. “I was sulking about it. There’s no going back now I guess.”
Yet perhaps not all hope is lost.
The show then convinced Otou into meeting with Yumi at the same park in which they had shared their first date.
There, it appears, he revealed he may have realized the error of his ways.
Some of Otou’s first words to his wife were “You were so concerned about the kids,” “Somehow it’s been awhile since we talked. Yumi, up until now, you have endured a lot of hardship. I want you to know I’m grateful for everything.”
While the couples kids happy they were talking, many worldwide expressed their shock and anger on social media, with many calling the man “immature.”
“Is this intended to be a ‘feel good’ story?” asked one YouTube user “Because it isn’t. This petty f*** ignored his spouse for 20 years out of jealousy against his own children … Honestly, these levels of selfishness are usually reserved for fictional cartoon villains. ”
Others debated whether or not the mother should have left her husband.
“Why waste 20 years not talking to your other half?” wondered one user, echoing the sentiments of many others.
Yet another user, however, disagreed.
“Older Japanese still feel a great sense of moral duty,” the user said. “Perhaps a little too much — it’s good she didn’t leave him, but it’s bad they never talked.”