“It’s strange for a career housewife to be providing her services for free” – under this reasoning one married couple have taken their relationship to a new level, a commercial one.
Each evening the husband finds a note in the kitchen, “Bento – Needed / Not Needed,” and if circling “needed” he must leave ¥400 on the table as payment for the morning’s bento (a bento generally costs ¥300-500 at a convenience store).
The husband, a 48-year-old salaryman, was told one day by his 42-year-old unemployed wife “It’s strange for a career housewife to be providing her services for free – from tomorrow the lunch bento will need to be paid for,” and they later formalised the arrangement with a contract. She did not however opt to charge their son for his bento.
The husband claims his marriage improved after the deal: “Now we spend more time together on weekends,” though he does concede he was embarrassed at first, when co-workers would say such things as “Ah, your lovely wife prepared that by hand for you didn’t she? How nice.”
She also apparently charges him ¥5,000 for the privilege of having sex with her.
However, the arrangement is not one of commercial equality – the wife actually controls the husband’s salary, a common arrangement in Japan, and generously lets him have ¥50,000 of his own salary as an allowance to spend freely, out of which he must pay her to make him his bento, and presumably cover his sexual expenses…
Business commentators describe this “B2B marriage” as “win-win.”
Via Itai News.
2ch responds thus:
“What, is his wife a prostitute?”
“If you’re going to do this the husband should be getting his own wages.”
“Doing this with an allowance is absolute madness…”
“Of course, he gets to control his salary, right? At least half, right?”
“The bento may be ok, but where sex is concerned, at ¥5,000 going to a brothel has better cost performance characteristics.”
“¥400? Our company cafeteria is cheaper…”
“At ¥5,000 I’d sooner go get a handjob in a booth somewhere for ¥3,000…”
“If mine came out with this, I’d throw her into the street.”
“Just why would you get married?”
“Is she actually paying for the ingredients herself?”
“What would a child think seeing these parents?”
“At least take into account market conditions!
16～19 30m ¥30,000
20～24 45m ¥20,000
25～29 60m ¥5,000
30～ **m ¥0”