Secrets of Staying (Happily) Married

Married 53 Years: Ayako Kawakami & Harold “Pete” Petersen

A chance meeting in a Japan mess hall between an army staff sergeant and a teenaged visitor turned into a lifelong romance.
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A chance meeting in a Mojiko, Japan mess hall attracted 19-year-old army staff sergeant Pete to 17-year-old visitor Ayako. Despite language barriers, the pair clicked, later marrying and moving to America. Today, Saint Germain, Wisconsin-based Ayako, 72, and Pete, 74, who have three daughters, try to visit Japan once a year, sometimes bringing their five grandkids to point out to them where they met. Video by Gillian Laub.

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