Meet the Japanese man who gets hired to do nothing: ‘I respond to small talk, but that’s about it’

Shoji Morimoto loves his job, but he doesn’t try very hard at it. And let that be exactly what makes him so suitable.

The 38-year-old Japanese offers his services – or rather the lack of them – by renting out himself. “I’m getting hired to do nothing,” he told CBS. “I don’t do anything special. I do not initiate a conversation. I respond to small talk, but that’s about it.”

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People hire Morimoto to accompany them in everyday activities, such as dinner. In extreme cases, this goes further, such as listening to a murder confession. A few hours of Morimoto’s company costs 10,000 yen (about 80 euros) plus any costs for transport, food and drinks, the British newspaper The Independent reports.

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Morimoto started his unusual job four years ago. He was unemployed at the time and started a Twitter account, called “Man Te Huur voor Doen”, to offer his services. He now has more than 200,000 followers.

Morimoto told CBS last weekend that he is always amazed at the sheer variety of people he encounters and situations his clients find themselves in. “Some people are lonely. Others think it’s a shame to go somewhere alone – they want to share the experience with someone.”

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The Japanese can be booked up to three times a day and had already kept more than 3,000 people company at the beginning of last year, The Independent writes.

“I am not a friend or acquaintance”

Morimoto has so far been hired to enjoy a cup of coffee in silence, to listen to a busker, to share a cake with a birthday boy, to escort people to shops and restaurants and to sit on a porch swing with a customer. sit down, he told CBS.

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Requests he has turned down include cleaning houses, doing laundry, posing nude and becoming “friend”.

“I am not a friend or acquaintance,” Morimoto told the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun earlier. “With me you don’t suffer from the annoying things that come with relationships, but I can relieve people’s feeling of loneliness.”

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Japan has been struggling for some time with a loneliness problem among its people. As a result, the suicide rate in 2020 rose for the first time in 11 years. A Minister of Loneliness has been appointed to remedy the problem.

Author: Jobly