RHS: Retired Husband Syndrome

This is apparently a common condition and has been on the Japanese news quite a bit.
Many married couples in Japan spend very little time together as the husband (“Salaryman”) leaves for work everyday at 7 and doesn’t return until gone midnight. This is especially true in Tokyo and is the case with most people in my company here: they have 2 meals a day, 12 noon and 12 midnight!

Husband and wife often have completely different sets of friends and interests and rarely do anything together.
When the man finally retires at age 60, the couple find that they don’t know each other anymore.
The reality of suddenly being stuck together 24/7 after 40 years apart, combined with the high expectations that they have had for their retirement, which they have been looking forward to all their lives, leads to stress, arguments and relatively high divorce rates.
The BBC has picked up on the story.

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