Rental Person Who Does Nothing

Rental Person Who Does Nothing: A Memoir

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 06/07/2023
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Rental Person Who Does Nothing
Quirky and fascinating
A fascinating look into the bizarre world of Shoji Morimoto, who for the price of his expenses rents himself out to 'do nothing' with people. Only in Japan... READ MORE
Alan M
Rental Person Who Does Nothing
You don't have to dig deeper... But you could!
The majority of people I know (me included) have the feeling that "I'm not being productive, I could be doing more, I'm wasting time..." This book is askin... READ MORE
Rental Person Who Does Nothing
An interesting book
This is a fascinating memoir of someone who rents himself out to do nothing. He explains his reasons, gives examples, and talks about how it makes him feel... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
Rental Person Who Does Nothing
Peculiar Premise For a Fascinating Life
The tale of Morimoto's strange (non) occupation, is utterly absorbing, despite on the face of it being quite literally a book about a person doing nothing.... READ MORE
Rob at Bluewater


This memoir is a peek into Shoji Morimoto's daily life, but also an excuse to address more relevant topics in contemporary Japanese society like our need for human connections and how we build meaningful relationships.


Need a rental person who does nothing?Shoji Morimoto provides a fascinating service to the lonely and socially anxious. After an old boss told him that he contributed nothing and that it made no difference whether he showed up to work or not, he wondered if a person who ‘does nothing’ could still have a place in the world. With a tweet, his Rental Person service was born.- Have a deep secret you desperately need to reveal, so deep that you can’t tell a friend or family member? - Have you spent a long time home alone, and want to know what it’s like to have somebody with you at your apartment? - Or for someone to simply think of you on a stressful day? Or wave to you as you leave the train station on a long journey?Morimoto is dependable, non-judgmental and committed to remaining a stranger throughout each request, and his encounters are revelatory about both Japanese society and human psychology.In Rental Person Who Does Nothing, Morimoto chronicles his extraordinary experiences in his unique line of work and reflects on how we consider relationships, jobs and family in our search for meaningful connection and purpose in life.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781035012800
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 272g
  • Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 23 mm

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Rental Person Who Does Nothing
ok read
Rental Person Who Does Nothing is not your typical memoir... It has an interesting premise, where a man does all kinds of things for people. It is a very... READ MORE
Rental Person Who Does Nothing
Thought Provoking
This is a quick but rather thought provoking read... Why is this 'profession' even possible? They aren't a volunteer, they are paid to do what some would... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Rental Person Who Does Nothing
One of my most anticipated reads of the year
The novelty was what drew me to this book. I wondered what a rental person would even do and had fun imagining what I would hire someone to do if I had the... READ MORE
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