For the year and a half that they were together, no couple could have been more in love than Akihiko Kondo and his delightful young wife, Miku. Every morning, she would wake him with a cheery greeting and see him off to his job as a civil servant.

During the day, she would send encouraging texts. Each evening he would return to find her waiting expectantly. His mother did not understand, but Mr Kondo, 36, was happier than ever. Until news came that their love was doomed.

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