Japan man is getting paid 10k yen, or $71 per hour, to do nothing. How?

Varsha Vats
Varsha VatsSep 06, 2022 | 17:39

Japan man is getting paid 10k yen, or $71 per hour, to do nothing. How?

Shoji Morimoto. Photo: Reuters

Do you want to get paid for doing nothing? Sounds like a dream, no? This man in Japan is living this dream as he is earning via rent for doing pretty much nothing.

Who is the guy? Shoji Morimoto is a 38-year-old resident of Tokyo, Japan.

What is his job? He acts as a companion to his clients and does nothing in particular. In simple words, Morimoto rents himself to simply exist as a companion. In an interview with Reuters, he said that he rents himself out and be wherever his clients want him to be. In the end, there is nothing in particular to do.

He has taken a walk in the park with his client. He has waved through a window at a complete stranger. Last week, he had a conversation over tea and cakes with a client in a saree.

How much does he earn? He charges 10,000 yen ($71) an hour to accompany his clients. He has conducted around 4,000 sessions in the past four years. Out of which, one of his clients has hired him 270 times.

Shoji Morimoto. Photo: Reuters

What is not a part of his job? Doing nothing does not mean that Morimoto will do anything. He had said no to tasks like: moving a fridge or any form of sexual activity.

“I started wondering what would happen if I provided my ability to 'do nothing' as a service to clients. People tend to think that my 'doing nothing' is valuable because it is useful (for others) ... But it's fine to really not do anything. People do not have to be useful in any specific way,” he told Reuters.

He is not the only one: In Japan, Morimoto is not alone in doing such a weird job and earning money. There is a long list of weird jobs that people in Japan are performing on a daily basis and earning bucks.

Here are some of these:

  • Dog food tester: People in Japan make sure that their dogs eat right and tasty food. Therefore, there are professionals who check the food first before giving it to their dogs.
  • Wedding ceremony attendee: If you want a crowded wedding but have no friends, Japanese people have a solution. There are professionals who attend weddings if someone is short of friends or relatives.
  • Professional pusher: Gettifng into a train is a struggle on weekdays because they are too crowded. Therefore, to ensure that everyone reaches work on time, Japanese people have a professional pusher who pushes people into the train so that they dont miss it irrespective of how crowded it is.
  • A boyfriend: This has become more common these days. As finding a boyfriend seems like daunting task, Japanese people can kill lonliness with the help of a professional boyfriend. 
  • A cuddler: If just a boyfriend is not enough, people in Japan can hire a cuddler too. So if you have money and if you are in Japan, getting a cuddle is not that hard.
  • Professional apologiser: Some people are not good at saying that they are sorry. But this is not an issue for people in Japan. They can simply choose a paid service through which someone else can apologise on your behalf in the best way possible.
Last updated: September 06, 2022 | 17:39
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