Japanese Court Rules in Favor of Working Woman in Divorce Case

A Japanese court decided on July 31 in favor of a woman who divorced her husband after he demanded she make him breakfast, iron his clothes and clean the house even though she works full time. The husband filed a lawsuit demanding $38,000 from his wife because he claimed she did not abide by their marriage agreement. The Tokyo District Court rejected the husband’s suit but asked the wife to return her wedding rings, which she had already done, and a cash gift of $8,000. Women’s groups applauded the case, which they see as a symbol of the increasing resistance among Japanese women to obeying their traditional husbands.


Washington Post - August 2, 1997

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