A man who makes a living by renting himself out to do nothing has garnered an enormous following online and thousands of clients. For 10,000 yen plus expenses for travels and meals, anyone can rent Shoji Morimoto, 37, from Tokyo in Japan, but he will not do anything except “eat, drink and give a simple response”.
A Japanese man Shoji Morimoto started working in the Rent-a-Person industry for free when he first posted his services on Twitter in 2018, The Independent reported.
Before earning money by doing nothing, Morimoto worked for a publisher in Japan. He eventually left the company after having trouble fitting in, The Mainichi reported. It also did not help that his boss allegedly said, “It doesn’t matter if you’re here or not.”
He eventually started charging for his services as a way to ward off people who might waste his time. Morimoto charges his client 10,000 yen (approximately $87), plus travel and meal expenses, and only takes three to four clients per day.
Morimoto, a married man who studied physics for his postgraduate degree from Osaka University, offers a wide range of services. Some of the activities he has been rented for include sharing meals, catching butterflies, and accompanying a spouse filing for divorce.
Morimoto emphasized, however, that he does not exert any effort aside from eating, drinking, and giving basic responses.
“I lend myself out to do nothing, which means I don’t make any special effort,” he told CBS News. “I don’t initiate conversation. I reply to chitchat, but that’s it.” “People use me in different ways,” Morimoto added. “Some people are lonesome. Some feel it’s a shame to go somewhere alone; they want someone to share their impressions with. What’s amazing is the huge variety of personalities, circumstances, and situations. That’s striking to me almost every day.”
Despite receiving “words of gratitude” from some of his clients, the “Do Nothing Rent-a-Man” does not want his services to “be seen as an act of charity” or a form of support.
“I’m not a friend or an acquaintance. I’m free of the bothersome things that accompany relationships-but can ease people’s sense of loneliness. Maybe it’s something like that for me,” he said.
Morimoto now has over 238,000 followers on Twitter and has had over 3,000 clients since he began his business in 2018.