Watch A Father Talk To His Wife After More Than 20 Years Of Silent Treatment

Their kids had never heard them talk

What's the longest time you've gone giving your significant other the silent treatment? An hour? A day? The moment you needed them to pass the laptop charger?

Chances are, you haven't even come close to Japanese man Otou Yumi, who hasn't spoken to his wife Katayama for nearly two decades over what we can only assume was the biggest row ever rowed.

Their relationship was so dysfunctional that their 18 year-old son Yoshiki felt compelled to rectify the situation, asking a TV show if they could help him finally bring them closer together. He told the presenter that he and his siblings had never even heard them utter a word to each other.

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Startlingly, the frosty couple agreed to sit down in a park, on camera, to iron out their differences – and it's clear to see why the long-needed interaction left their kids sobbing in the distance…