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Supreme Court: No Compensation Due From ‘Other Woman’

March 26, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ What is the price for love lost? None, says Japan’s Supreme Court.

A 56-year-old woman today lost a legal bid to collect damages from the ``other woman″ she says helped wreck her marriage.

The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that Keiko Takada could not collect $94,000 in damages because her marriage was already on the rocks when her husband began seeing someone else.

Mrs. Takada’s husband, now 55, met the defendant, 36-year-old Yoshimi Tsuda, a month before he and Mrs. Takada separated in 1987 after 20 years of marriage. But their affair didn’t begin immediately, and news reports quoted the lower court as ruling that the Takada’s separation resulted from a gradual deterioration in their relationship.

``It is a legal offense against the wife for a husband to have a physical relationship with another woman only when it violates her right to the maintenance of a peaceful married life,″ the newspaper Yomiuri quoted today’s decision as saying.

Mrs. Takada’s lawyer, Kenichi Mori, declined to comment.

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