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At midnight every night, Shoko Ohara, a 39-year-old construction company employee, drives to the station to pick up her hard-working husband Takeshi, an engineer. The two chat during the 10-minute ride to their suburban home, and while Takeshi takes a bath, Shoko warms up his dinner in the kitchen. She then goes upstairs to their roomy bedroom and falls asleep in a comfortable double bed — where she spends the night alone.

Throughout their 13-year marriage, the couple has rarely slept in the same room, except for a few months after moving into their upmarket house in the city of Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture, for which they specially purchased the double bed.

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