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ON WEEKENDS Hamto Kawaguchi becomes a very modern Japanese father. He cooks. He cleans. He plays with the kids. But come Monday, Haruto crawls back into the role of an oldstyle Japanese employee. Rising at 4 a.m., he leaves his wife, Hisako, and three children and dutifully boards the train for Nagoya so he can arrive at his offi ce by 9. A salesman for the Teikoku Hormone Manufacturing Co., Haruto, 41, spends the week as a tanshinfunin, the Japanese term for husbands whose jobs separate them from their families. Until Friday night, when Haruto returns, Hisako copes alone with the kids’ baths, homework and problems. [...]
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