15 Aug 1997 Bigger Than Breast Implants; Pickled Justice?; Millions for Lawyers, Zero for Plaintiffs; Stop the Presses: Accidents Can Happen; Spousal Lawsuits to Sweep Japan?
The Washington Post reports that the Toyko District Court ruled for the wife, noting that she had not objected to doing all of these chores, as long as her husband lived up to a prenuptial agreement to live near her place of work. He had refused. “There was a reason for every action that the woman took,” said Judge Hiroto Waki.
Japanese women’s groups, noting that many Japanese men not only expect their working wives to do all the housework, but also expect them to draw their baths, applauded and predicted more lawsuits. One told the Post: “If she can win this suit, it’s going to give all these other women who are tortured by housework the idea to sue. They will realize that they can go to court and win.”
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