Human Rental Business in Japan
In Japan you can rent not only apartment or house but people.
Onegai Kaeru see that there are some "unique" business in Japan where you can rent some family members to participate some events. For example, you have a big prob with your real parents about your marriage so they would not come to your wedding party but you do not want other participants to worry about you at the party (probably you may laugh but the "face issue" is quite serious in Japan (and many Asian countries)).
From several agencies like this one, you can rent a temporal mother and father (who are often not well known actor/actress) who will act as your parents and can even do speech as your parents. Next time you go to some Japanese wedding party, you may be going to one of those with fake parents/friends (please do not ask this at the party though...)!
Now we see another business coming to life in Japan. It is "Ossan rental". "Ossan" means middle aged men in Japanese. You can rent a middle aged man for 1000JPY per hour.
Examples of elderly men you can order Source: Ossan Rental Official Website
When going into the website and clicking the profile, you see the introduction of each people ( some detailed and some not). Many married. Some talking about their success/failure, some talking about their past difficulties, some talking about their profession.
How to Rent MAM (middle Aged Man)
The process is so easy:
1. You go to the website
2. You go to the list of middle aged men
3. You choose a man and put him into a cart
4. And pay following some arrangement ( There are specific rules (how to pay, cancellation fee etc.) thus read carefully (all in Japanese) you probably need to pay the travel cost (some do not claim the traffic cost) ) You pay 1000JPY per hour and if you need two hour, you pay 2000 JPY.
HOW COMPANY STARTED AND HOW IT IS NOW
According to the operator...
The Ossan rental started in 2012. The founder overheard some high school girls saying "they are disgusted by middle age guys' and thought he wanted to let the world know that middle aged men have value to offer.
So far 400 orders per year and around 60 middle aged men (from their 30s-60s) registered.
70-80% of customers are female. Many of the customers want to consult these men about their problems (e.g. love issues), though some (but not many) need the guy to assemble some IKEA furniture. The operator says that people can talk freely and openly because these men are total strangers.
To register as the mid age guy on the website, you need to pay 10,000JPY as registration fee then 10,000 JPY every month. This means that you pay 130,000 JPY for the first year. Having 1000 JPY payment per hour in mind, it appears that these people on the list are not motivated by money, rather it is almost volunteer task.
If you try once, please let us know your experience!
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Source: Ossan rental official page, Sankei News
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