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Cruise may sink marriage

Japanese couples who celebrated their retirement may file a divorce when they get home.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 16:26 IST

Japanese couples who celebrate the husband's retirement with a leisurely cruise or overseas trip may find themselves headed for a divorce court when they get home.

Many Japanese men who retire have spent decades living largely apart from their families as they devoted themselves to their jobs a recipe for trouble when they decide to take extended trips abroad with their wives.

"It is dangerous for couples to suddenly go on overseas trips after the husbands retire," author Sayoko Nishida, who wrote a popular book called "Why Are Retired Husbands Such a Nuisance?" was quoted as telling Kyodo news agency.

Nishida, who runs a school in Tokyo called "Retirement Cram School" to help couples deal with the issue, recommends that couples take one-day bus tours as practice.

Others say the real kiss of death for a relationship is a cruise, since couples are stuck together with each other on a ship for days or even weeks.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 16:26 IST