Shoji Morimoto, a 37 year old man from Japan, makes his living by renting himself “to do nothing” with strangers. Anyone can rent him out for approximately AED 368 (10,000 yen) plus his travel and meal expenses. Shoji is now a Twitter personality with about 268,000 followers. Morimoto says he will not do anything except “eat, drink and give a simple response”.
In June 2018, he posted a tweet describing his job for the first time, “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.”
— レンタルなんもしない人 (@morimotoshoji) December 30, 2020
Until now, Morimoto has attended about 3000 clients and gets about 3 to 4 clients everyday. He said many people don’t like to go to the mall, or park or have lunch alone and he can give them company. One of Shoji’s clients 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.” Another client wrote, “I had been slack about visiting the hospital, but I went because he came with me.”
With a postgraduate degree in physics from the Osaka University, Morimoto is a married man. He says, “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.”
— レンタルなんもしない人 (@morimotoshoji) January 6, 2021
He said, “I personally don’t like being cheered on by other people. It bothers me when people simply tell me to keep persevering. When someone is trying to do something I think the best thing to do is to make it easier for them by staying at their side.”