Meet the Man Who Gets Paid to Do Nothing
It seems like the dream job, doesn’t it? To get paid for doing…nothing.
I know that there are some people out there who find a sense of purpose in their work and wouldn’t want to just do nothing, but I know that there are many out there who would like this job very much.
A Japanese man has achieved that goal and is known as “do-nothing guy”.
So, what does he do exactly? Well, not much really other than just being present for people.
According to Independent,
Over the past four years, Shoji Morimoto, 38, has built a cult following by offering himself as a warm body who can simply be there, liberating his clients from the social expectations of the spoken and unspoken norms of Japanese society. Morimoto – nicknamed “Rental-san”, which incorporates an honorific – has inspired a television series and three books, and has drawn international attention through his viral social media posts.
Morimoto’s gigs have run the gamut. He waited at the finish line of a marathon for a client who wanted to see a familiar face at the end of the race. Someone hired him to sit with them while they finished their thesis, because they might slack off if they were working alone. He listens to healthcare workers describe the mental health toll of the pandemic.
One woman explained her experience in which she was wanting to go out to a favorite restaurant of hers, but was leery to do so because she used to go their with her ex-husband. She wasn’t wanting to be overwhelmed by the thoughts of her divorce or her husband. So, she “rented” this guy.
He accompanied her to dinner in which she talked to him a little, but he didn’t give much response, which she enjoyed. The dinner was nearly a silent 45 minutes other than her talking and him giving a nod or two. But it was exactly what she wanted.
“I felt like I was with someone but at the same time felt like I wasn’t, since he existed in a way where I didn’t have to be attentive of his needs or think about him,” she said. “I felt no awkwardness or pressure to speak. It may have been the first time I’ve eaten in complete silence.”