Shoji Morimoto is 37 years old from Tokyo in Japan has an interesting job, you can rent him to “do nothing.” For about 10,000 yen (Alexa says that’s $96.27 American) he says he will do nothing except “eat, drink and give a simple response”
He started the service in 2018 after posting on his twitter feed ““I offer myself for rent, as a person who does nothing. Is it difficult for you to enter a shop on your own? Are you missing a player on your team? Do you need someone to keep a place for you? I can’t do anything except easy things.”
People hire him to do various things or just be there when someone needs a person. He’s been hired to do the simplest task of going to lunch or posing for pictures on instagram. He’s also been hired to take a man from the hospital to the place where he attempted suicide.
One of his many clients posted a review online that said “I’m glad I was able to take a walk with someone while keeping a comfortable distance, where we didn’t have to talk but could if we wanted to.” While another wrote “I had been slack about visiting the hospital, but I went because he came with me.”
Originally the services was free, But Morimoto started charging to reduce the volume of requests and to discourage time-wasters, and says he sees three or four clients a day – and he’s had around 3,000 clients since he first launched his services.
According to The Independent, “In less than three years he has published books about his career choice, inspired a television drama and acquired 270,000 Twitter followers.”
Morimoto who is married with a degree in physics from Osaka University told The Mainichi newspaper in an interview, “I’m not a friend or an acquaintance. I’m free of the annoying things that go with relationships but I can ease people’s feelings of loneliness.”