Meet this Japanese man who gets paid to 'do nothing'

  • 24 Sep - 30 Sep, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

A 38-year-old man from Tokyo named Shoji Morimoto has a job that most of us would be extremely envious of. He gets paid to do ‘nothing’. He charges 10,000 yen (approximately Rs 5,633) per booking to accompany clients and simply exist as a companion.

With a lanky build and average looks, Morimoto now boasts nearly a quarter of a million followers on Twitter, where he finds most of his clients. Roughly a quarter of them are repeat customers, including one who has hired him 270 times.

According to a report by Reuters, Morimoto has gone to over 4,000 sessions in the last 4 years. His job has taken him to a park with a person who wanted to play on a see-saw. He has also beamed and waved through a train window at a complete stranger who wanted a send-off.

However, Morimoto maintains some boundaries when it comes to choosing the job. He has turned down offers to move a fridge and go to Cambodia, and doesn't take any requests of a sexual nature.

Before Morimoto found his true calling, he worked at a publishing company and was often chided for 'doing nothing'. The companionship business is now Morimoto's sole source of income, with which he supports his wife and child. Although he declined to disclose how much he makes, he said he sees about one or two clients a day. Before the pandemic, it was three or four a day.