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Shoji Morimoto, the Japanese physicist who was hired to “do nothing”



Getting paid for doing nothing, or doing almost nothing, is the dream of many. The dream of the Japanese, Shoji Morimoto, who was “rented” for four years precisely for this, has come true. “I’ll loan you someone who does nothing (me)” reads the Twitter bio – where he has more than 270,000 followers – of this 38-year-old, physicist by profession, graduate degree in earthquakes, married and with a son. . “The application fee is 10,000 yen (71 euros) and the cost of transportation, food and drink (if any),” he adds, before assuring that during his service “I can do nothing but eat and drink, answering very simple questions. . . At first glance, it might seem Like a joke or “fake”, especially if we think Japan is the productivity model – according to some organizations, the country records more than 10,000 deaths a year due to “karoshi” (exhaustion) – but the reality is beyond imagination. In 2018, Shoji Morimoto decided , who was reprimanded in his previous job for doing nothing, turning this “quality” into his lifestyle.In four years, he’s done 4,000 services – he has a client he hired up to 270 times – starting with going to say goodbye to someone on the catwalk when he moved out of town , standing at the finish line of the marathon to motivate the customer to finish it, save the place in the queue, escort someone to do errands or simply share a meal without exchanging a word … Among his tasks is not to move furniture – once he is assigned to move the refrigerator and I refuse – and of course not There is communication of a sexual nature. Relevant news standards North Korea does not launch a missile Mid-range crosses northern Japan by Pablo M. Díez. The projectile, the seventh launched by Kim Jong Un’s regime since last week, activates anti-aircraft alarms and spreads fear across the Japanese archipelago, but falls into the Pacific Ocean without causing damage. The initiative appears to have been very positive for both contracting parties. “So far, clients seem to be going through a positive mental shift after hiring from me. They tell me it’s liberating to be able to talk to someone about things they can’t share with others. They feel better when they release things that affect them on their own,” the young man admitted The Japanese told the BBC. As for him, he admitted that after developing several jobs that he was not satisfied with, the current job had restored his self-esteem. He admitted: “I guess I never stopped working at a regular job.” “People tend to think that ‘I do nothing’ has value because it is useful (to others) … but it is okay to do nothing” In front of those who might question the inappropriateness of Shoji Morimoto’s activism, he defends it against his clients’ “reactions” : “People tend to think that my ‘doing nothing’ has value because it is useful (to others)…but it’s okay to do nothing. People don’t have to be useful in any specific way.” The success of this initiative also lies in the framework in which it was developed, Japan, a country in which loneliness and isolation – among those over 60 and the young – far outstrip that of other developed countries. A phenomenon exacerbated by the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, causing an increase in the number of suicides – more than 21,000 in 2020 – that will lead to 40% of Japanese households being a single person by 2040, according to a study by the Mizuho Research Institute. Alarming numbers prompted the Japanese government in 2021 to appoint a minister in Soledad to manage the matter, but this heralds a great future for Shoji Morimoto’s business.

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