SHOJI Morimoto, a 38-year-old Japanese with a postgraduate degree in physics from Osaka University, is known as Japan's "do nothing" man. He resigned from his job when told by management that he was of no value to the organization. "I was often told I wasn't doing enough or that I wasn't doing anything," he also said in an interview.

That's how he started offering himself in 2018 as a companion for Tokyoites who don't want to be alone, charging them close to $100 for doing nothing but being there. It's on top of incidental expenses like train or taxi fare, meals and drinks, entrance to museums or trips.

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