“I wanted him to keep working but I’ve accepted now he’s going to come home. I’m just going to spend more time out of the house. I’d divorce him, but it’s too much trouble at my age.”
Hatae Ishizaki expressing distinct reservations about her 59-year-old husband’s impending retirement.
Well, virtual stranger glimpsed late at night or in between games of golf her husband may be, but numerous years spent enjoying long luncheons and trips with friends means that yes, divorce probably is ‘too much trouble’. Come next year however, when the law changes and allows women up to 50% of their husband’s retirement benefits, it might be a very different story altogether.
A situation that means Mr Ishizaki and millions more like him had better realise that it’s time to start talking and taking an interest, or alternatively it’ll be time to take up cooking lessons and work out how that contraption in the corner that cleans clothes works.