Strange jobs have been popping up all over as more and more people discover unique career possibilities. A Japanese man found his dream job where he essentially gets paid for doing nothing.
Shoji Morimoto makes his living by renting himself out to be there for lonely people. He charges clients around $71 to be there for them and has racked up 4,000 bookings over the span of four years. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 38-year-old was making close to $300 per day, which is enough money to support his wife and child.
“Basically, I rent myself out. My job is to be wherever my clients want me to be and to do nothing in particular,” Morimoto said.
His gigs have ranged from a wide variety of activities, including waving goodbye to a destitute traveler, riding a see-saw with a client at a local park and sitting in a restaurant with a woman who was afraid her Indian sari would embarrass her friends.
Morimoto thought of this unique career when he was working at a publishing job. “I started wondering what would happen if I provided my ability to ‘do nothing’ as a service to clients,” he said. “People tend to think that my ‘doing nothing’ is valuable because it is useful [to other people].”
“But it’s fine to really not do anything. People do not have to be useful in any specific way.”
Morimoto does still have boundaries on what jobs he will and won’t accept. Any sexual requests are immediately turned down and on a different occasion, he’s declined jobs to move a refrigerator and travel to Cambodia.