Man Rents Himself Out To Do Nothing And Gets Thousands Of Clients
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They say 'do what you're best at.' But what do you do when 'what you're best at' is... doing nothing?
Shoji Morimoto had always been the laid-back, disinterested kind of guy his family, school friends, and colleagues called a 'do-nothing.'
He was a 'waster', in the common tongue.
After running through a series of jobs post-college, Shoji, 38, decided to follow his passion in 2018.
He created a Twitter account under the name 'Nothing Rent-a-Man' (レンタルなんもしない人) and offered his companionship to anyone who might be interested.
Shoji didn't offer 'help' with things, at least in the typical sense. No. Shoji just put himself forward to be there for anyone who needed him (for a fee, of course).
"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."
The Independent reports Shoji has completed over 3,000 assignments in his career as a Nothing Rent-a-Man, with up to three appointments per day.
Some misunderstanding customers have asked him to clean their houses, wash their clothes, or pose nude. One even asked Shoji to 'be a friend.'
But Shoji is a Nothing Rent-a-Man. And Nothing Rent-a-Men do nothing, so he refused all those requests as they pushed the boundaries of his expertise.
"People use me in different ways. Some people are lonesome," he said. "Some feel it's a shame to go somewhere (interesting) alone — they want someone to share their impressions with."
He reiterated the scope of his projects to Japan's Mainichi Shimbun.
"I'm not a friend or an acquaintance," he said. "I'm free of the bothersome things that accompany relationships but can ease people's sense of loneliness."
He's stood in the cold to support a struggling busker.
He's accompanied people out to restaurants when they're afraid of looking friendless.
He once shared a birthday cake with a lonesome individual on their birthday.
Shoji has written four books based on his experiences joining clients for a few hours at a café, on an outing, or providing emotional support when a client filed for a divorce.
Client Tamami Miyazaki, 44, said: "With a friend, you have to worry about whether they would like the bar or not.
"But with Rental-san, he just says straight up, 'yes' or 'no.'
"It's less drama than going out with a friend."
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