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People use me in different ways. Some people are lonesome. Some feel it's a shame to go somewhere (interesting) alone — they want someone to share their impressions with. What's amazing is the huge variety of personalities, circumstances and situations.

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Shoji Morimoto, 38, who opened a Twitter account in 2018, under the moniker "Do Nothing Rent-a-Man," and began offering companionship to people.

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Are people in Japan really lacking in social skills that they have to resort to a rent-a-friend service?

this is a world wide problem. So many People these days can only communicate online, by text message. They don’t have the confidence or skill to interact with people face to face.

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I’ve seen this guy on TV. People post him to do things like have dinner, go for a walk, watch a movie etc.

Kind of sad but nice he’s being helpful, at a price, of course.

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Some of it will be loneliness, and some of it will be at "plus one" events, maybe to cover up lies. An unattached straight woman or lesbian who previously told her relatives she had a boyfriend to stop intrusive questions etc.

The big beneficiaries of this kind of service are probably social commentators, who can use it as evidence for all kinds of society-wide issues in a projected, exagerrated, or outright sensationalist way.

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I heard about an old lady in a small town in the US who would call the heating and air people once every month or so because the heat at her place had gone off. They would come out and turn the thermostat back up, and would explain how it worked.

There was nothing wrong with her furnace, and she didn’t have dementia. I guess many people in the service fields have similar customers. People like company. The guy is performing a useful service, and he is no more a prostitute than your plumber.

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This is the saddest thing I've read today and it's only 09:41 in the morning. Are people in Japan really lacking in social skills that they have to resort to a rent-a-friend service?

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Nobody want to be with a miserable person, if you cannot give your best, do not bring your worst to a relationship

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Not really a new thing as I recall "rent-a-(male/female)-person" as per the article, but also: "rent-a-(fake)-boy/girlfriend" or even "(fake) fiance(e)") to reassure your parents, with all these options being non-sexual rentals.

The saddest I heard about though, was "rent-a-family"...Now, that one sounded sad, real sad...

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Male prostitute?

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very weird society,just to be short and frank.

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This is the saddest thing I've read today and it's only 09:41 in the morning. Are people in Japan really lacking in social skills that they have to resort to a rent-a-friend service?

Is this a trick question?

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Maybe the second oldest profession in the world.

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