September 28, 2022

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Dream job: Japanese people who get paid for doing nothing | the world

Some consider Shoji Morimoto a dream job: he gets paid for doing practically nothing. A resident of 38 years TokyoNo Japan10,000 yen (R$367) per booking is charged to accompany clients and “be there” as an escort.

“Basically, I rent myself out. My job is to be where my clients want me to be, not to do anything in particular,” Morimoto told Reuters, adding that he has done about 4,000 such jobs in the past four years.

Shoji Morimoto, who charges 10,000 yen (US$71.30) per booking to pick up clients and is an escort, poses at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan on August 31, 2022.

Morimoto now has nearly 250,000 followers on Twitter, where he finds most of his customers. About a quarter of them are repeat customers — including one who hired him 270 times.

His job once took him to a park with a man who wanted to play chess. On another occasion, the Japanese smiled and waved through the train window to a complete stranger who wanted to say goodbye.

But doing nothing doesn’t mean Morimoto will do anything. He declined offers to move the refrigerator Cambodiaand will not accept any requests of a sexual nature.

Before Morimoto found his true calling, he worked at a publishing house and was often criticized for “doing nothing.” “I started thinking about what would happen if I offered my ‘do nothing’ ability as a service to clients,” he said.

The companionship business is now Morimoto’s sole source of income, with which he supports his wife and child. Declining to disclose how much he earns, he said he sees one or two clients a day. Before the pandemic, there were three or four.

After spending Wednesday doing nothing TokyoMorimoto reflects on the queer nature of his work and questions a society that values ​​productivity and mocks futility.

“People think my ‘doing nothing’ is valuable because it is useful (to others),” he said. “But it’s okay to do nothing. People don’t have to be helpful in a certain way.”

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