According to a recent governmental survey, one-third of all Japanese woman report being victims of spousal abuse (including physical and emotional) and of those, ten percent say that they fear for their lives.
Sorry, but I call bullshit. I live and work here, I’m friends with and/or confidantes of dozens of Japanese women from all walks of life, and a few men too. Although I’m aware that life in Japan is no bastion of sexual equality, especially not for women, there is just no way that one-in-three Japanese men are wife-beaters. How can they be? Those guys work so hard that they almost never see their wives, anyway.
I’m not saying that spousal abuse never happens in Japan – I know for a fact that it does (as it does everywhere else in the world, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). I’m just saying that it doesn’t happen as often as people think.
I would love to know the criteria for “emotional abuse.” What does that mean, exactly? I welcome any comments about this.