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TOKYO, Oct 15, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Japanese man's blog on his wife's behavior spawned a book, a TV series, a video game, a movie -- and a contest among women about who's the biggest shrew.

Six years after he began "Demon Wife Diaries," Kazuma, a pseudonym for the office worker, experienced more than 3 million hits on his Internet blog with its tales of a nag who forces her husband to eat his daughter's leftovers and sleep in another room when he is ill, The Independent said.

But Japanese women bestow cult status on the feminist "Demon Wife," the newspaper said. Some women's magazines have "demon wife" sections with women competing in their accounts of how badly they treat their husbands.

"A lot of women think it is funny to see the man being bullied and his wife being so blunt and strong," a spokeswoman for Ameba Books, publisher of "Demon Wife Diaries," told the British newspaper.

Kazuma says his home life has improved, thanks to the nearly $325,000 in royalties the diaries generated, The Independent said. And he said he loved his wife.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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