What could arguably be the longest silent treatment in history, a husband refused to speak to his wife for 20 years after she allegedly upset him, but he continued to live with her and their children.
Despite not speaking for two decades, Otou Katayama, from southern Japan, continued to live with his three children and wife, Yumi, who managed to communicate with him by receiving a head nod or a grunt.
The couple’s long-standing grudge was exposed when their son, Yoshiki, 18, wrote into a Japanese TV show, known as Hokkaido Television (TVh), asking for their help to get his parents on speaking terms again. Sadly, he had never heard them have a conversation.
The TV show replied to Yoshiki’s request and agreed to orchestrate a meeting between his parents in the park where they had their first date, as all three children watched.
The first conversation between them began with Otou telling his wife, Yumi:
“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 admitted that the reason he gave her the silent treatment for so long stemmed from being jealous of how much attention and care that she gave to their children.
He told her, “I was kind of… jealous. I was sulking about it.”
“There’s no going back now, I guess.”
Watch the entire conversation between Otou and Yumi and their children’s reactions:
H/T: Daily Mail
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