The Booming Japanese Rent-a-Friend Business - The Atlantic

25 bookmarks. First posted by ilja november 2017.

In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.
january 2018 by rafri
t have a dad, so the mother
japanese  japan  culture 
november 2017 by zero1infinity
Interview with the founder of a company which provides actors for hire to play any role in your life that you require. Super surreal. The company has 800 employees.
november 2017 by tealteal
Family Romance, the company
article  japan 
november 2017 by fiatjaf
It is almost certain that this is fake but its still a crazy story
dystopia  culture  self-care 
november 2017 by tjwds
- This is fascinating.
japanese  culture 
november 2017 by icco
Money may not be able to buy love, but here in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business involves becoming other people, Yuichi would know. The handsome and charming 36-year-old is on call to be your best friend, your husband, your father, or even a mourner at your funeral.

His 8-year-old company, Family Romance, provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.

Yuichi believes that Family Romance helps people cope with unbearable absences or perceived deficiencies in their lives. In an increasingly isolated and entitled society, the CEO predicts the exponential growth of his business and others like it, as à la carte human interaction becomes the new norm.

Goes without saying, but this N-U-T-S
*whatatime  !write!dystopia  *societyhell  %greatstory 
november 2017 by lemeb
RT : The Booming Japanese Rent-A-Friend Business
from twitter
november 2017 by ripienaar