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Dream job: The Japanese man who gets paid to do nothing

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By Tom Bateman and Rikako Maruyama

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If you think about it, there are many English teaching jobs like this. Getting paid just to speak your mother tongue with it often going in one ear and out the other.

-9 ( +22 / -31 )

@nomination

I'm not sure if you're having an unnecessary dig at English teachers, but I can tell you that there aren't many (if any) teaching gigs where you're getting 10,000 yen an hour

0 ( +22 / -22 )

He is providing a service so that is not anything. There have been escorts for decades. But he should be giving his client 100% attention.

Previously, I have been a standby engineer which meant I got paid big money for mostly doing nothing until something went wrong then I would go into action.

17 ( +25 / -8 )

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.

Some people have a loooot of money to waste.

I sure envy them.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

That main photo is often how actual couples interact with each other.

-2 ( +15 / -17 )

10,000 yen an hour to do nothing? they hiring?

-5 ( +16 / -21 )

Trust me, he is not the only Japanese paid for doing nothing! Or at least nothing worthwhile....

-5 ( +14 / -19 )

Dream job: The Japanese man who gets paid to do nothing

He's well on his way to become an LDP member.

-1 ( +23 / -24 )

What about all the older Japanese men who direct people where to stand in lines? It isn't like there aren't already markers on the floors.

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

I work for a traditional Japanese company, so about three days out of five I am paid to do pretty much nothing.

-7 ( +16 / -23 )

My hero.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

I used to have these kind of do nothing jobs when I arrived in Japan.

Paid ¥1,500/h to sit at my desk and wait for interpreting phone/video calls at translation centers, most of times it was like 1 to 5 calls per day, in very "busy" days, 1 call per hour. It was a great opportunity to work on my personal projects. Beautiful japanese women from different departments striking up conversations all the time, people from some 10 countries talking about life in Japan, sometimes I miss those simple days.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Before Morimoto found his true calling, he worked at a publishing company and was often chided for "doing nothing"."I started wondering what would happen if I provided my ability to 'do nothing' as a service to clients," he said.

Brilliant.

It was a great opportunity to work on my personal projects. Beautiful japanese women from different departments striking up conversations all the time, people from some 10 countries talking about life in Japan, sometimes I miss those simple days.

Sounds pretty ideal ;)

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

He would go bankrupt in America,lots of Japanese women could get something for nothing,instead of an unemotional attention of nothing

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Wallace,if I came to Tokyo,which I will never come,he would go bankrupt

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Previously, I have been a standby engineer which meant I got paid big money for mostly doing nothing until something went wrong then I would go into action.

same here, I can recall a few of these jobs in the past, governments always pay the most, the highest I was paid was ¥70,000/day to spend the night inside a joint military, to convey orders (translate) in multiple languages in case of something went wrong, on a day Kim Jong Fat was particularly naughty

4 ( +4 / -0 )

He still gives up his freedom and time while with a client. He has to be nice and smile and pretend to be interested. Short working life I reckon.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Why would you as a Japanese woman,want an appetizer,when have all her emotional met,with a main course

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

So he doesn’t do nothing, he’s seemingly got a hard job imo. Professional friend. There’s a business opportunity in everything, especially for lonely people.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Morimoto's employers are stealing his time from him. We all exist in time. Morimoto is not free to do what he likes with his time.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Take the stupidphone away from Shoji Morimoto and then let us see how long he can endure 'doing nothing'...

0 ( +2 / -2 )

This is pretty much what we all did as adult eikaiwa teachers back in the Golden Age.

A sounding board for disgruntled wives.

It was a beautiful time

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

His doing nothing means doing something for somebody.

This article said his job was a dream job. However, it seems to me not accurate.

Reading other articles about him, I knew he had harmful experiences in relationships with others before he started doing nothing job. He also said that individual loneliness was related to the reason for hiring him and that many offers came from complicated interpersonal relationships.

His presence is just essential to his customers.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

His job involves to go to a place and come back home.

That is costly and taking some of your free time.

I wouldn't do that job, sorry.

I am paid well over 20,000 yens and I get over 60% of my time at home or wherever doing what I want (taking a nap is cool). Just be efficient.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

@Jonathan Prin

His job involves to go to a place and come back home.

Yeah that is definitely a job. Good for you that you get to work from home I guess?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I'd be a no sex escort. That's pretty much his work. He's basically an on location host.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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