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Rental person who does nothing : a memoir / Shoji Morimoto ; translated by Don Knotting.

Morimoto, Shoji, (author.). Knotting, Don, (translator.).

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  • ISBN: 1335017534
  • ISBN: 9781335017536
  • Physical Description: 186 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, 2024.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Translated from the Japanese.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword -- Doing nothing -- Showing no individuality -- A rental person day -- Not getting too close -- Not being tied down by money -- Not resisting AI -- Instead of an afterword.
Summary, etc.:
"Shoji Morimoto was constantly being told that he was a 'do-nothing' because he lacked initiative. Dispirited and unemployed, it occurred to him that if he was so good at doing nothing, perhaps he could turn it into a business. And with one tweet, he began his business of renting himself out to do nothing. Morimoto, aka Rental Person, provides a fascinating service to the lonely and socially anxious. Sitting with a client undergoing surgery, accompanying a newly-divorced client to her favourite restaurant, visiting the site of a client's suicide attempt are just a few of his thousands of true life adventures. He is dependable, non-judgmental and committed to remaining a stranger and the curious encounters he shares 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's description.
Language Note:
Translated from the Japanese.
Subject: Morimoto, Shoji.
Interpersonal relations > Japan.
Social service > Japan > 21st century.
Social psychology > Japan > 21st century.
Loneliness > Japan > 21st century.
Japan > Social life and customs > 21st century.
Service social > Japon > 21e siècle.
Psychologie sociale > Japon > 21e siècle.
Solitude > Japon > 21e siècle.
Japon > Mœurs et coutumes > 21e siècle.
Genre: autobiographies (literary works)

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Gunn Memorial Library - Washington BIO MOR (Text) 34055155141306 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 02/08/2024

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