Reviving Japan's Economy With 'Devil Wives'

Working mothers could boost the economy, the government says
Working mother Suzuki is in the minority Photograph by Junko Kimura/Bloomberg

After her son was born, Terue Suzuki moved back to her childhood home on weekdays so she could work while her sister cared for the baby, leaving her husband alone in the house they shared. “It was like a weekend marriage,” Suzuki says of the arrangement 14 years ago. “I had a satisfying job and really wanted to go back to it. In Japan, when a woman chooses work instead of staying at home to look after her husband, she’s called a ‘devil wife.’ ”

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