Husband Gives Wife The Silent Treatment For 20 Years
By Daily Mail
Otou and Katayama Yumi did not speak for 20 years because he was jealous.
Husband Otou felt that her attention and care was honed entirely on their kids.
Katayama would try and talk to him but only get a grunt or nod in response.
Their 18-year-old son wrote to a TV show as he had never heard a conversation.
A meet was arranged in the park where they had their first date – and it worked.
Although most couples have experienced a long and awkward period of silence after a row it is unlikely to compare to a husband and wife who have not spoken for two decades – but continue to live with each other.
Otou Katayama, from Nara, southern Japan, continues to live with his three children and wife, Yumi, who perseveres in making conversation with him but has only ever received a nod or a grunt in response for 20 years.
The Japanese couple’s silence was revealed by their 18-year-old son Yoshiki, who wrote into a TV show asking them to fix the situation as he had never heard them have a conversation.
And sure enough, a meeting was arranged between them in the park where they had their first date, as their emotional children watched on.
‘Somehow it’s been a while since we talked.
‘You were so concerned about the kids.
‘Yumi up until now, you have endured a lot of hardship. I want you to know I’m grateful for everything.’
Otou later explained that he has been giving her the cold shoulder out of jealously for the attention and care the children get.
He said on the show: ‘I was kind of… jealous. I was sulking about it.
‘There’s no going back now I guess.’