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Title: Man finally talks to wife after over twenty years of silence
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Description: Sulking’ husband went 20 YEARS without speaking to his wife – despite continuing to live with her and their children
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
By PADDY DINHAM FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:00 GMT, 31 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:13 GMT, 31 December 2016

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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 Yumi, from Nara, southern Japan, continues to live with his three children and wife, Katayama, 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.

Otou Yumi continues to live with his wife, Katayama, who perseveres in making conversation with him but has only ever received a nod or a grunt in response for 20 years
Otou Yumi continues to live with his wife, Katayama, who perseveres in making conversation with him but has only ever received a nod or a grunt in response for 20 years


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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.

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'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.'

A meeting was arranged between them in Nara Park, where they had their first date
A meeting was arranged between them in Nara Park, where they had their first date

Their son Yoshiki (second from right), who wrote into a TV show asking them to fix the situation as he had never heard them have a conversation
Their son Yoshiki (second from right), who wrote into a TV show asking them to fix the situation as he had never heard them have a conversation

Their emotional children - who have not heard their parents utter a word in conversation - watched on as it unfolded
Their emotional children - who have not heard their parents utter a word in conversation - watched on as it unfolded

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.'

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