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A mind-blowing interview with a man from a "rent-a-relative" business. Japan, of course. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/paying-for-fake-friends-and-family/545060/?single_page=true #link #bizarre #human-condition

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«I played a father for a 12-year-old with a single mother. The girl was bullied because she didn’t have a dad, so the mother rented me. I’ve acted as the girl’s father ever since. I am the only real father that she knows. I’ve been seeing her for eight years. She just graduated high school.»

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«If the client never reveals the truth, I must continue the role indefinitely. If the daughter gets married, I have to act as a father in that wedding, and then I have to be the grandfather. So, I always ask every client, “Are you prepared to sustain this lie?” It’s the most significant problem our company has.»

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Q: «How do you determine what the ideal husband or father is?» A: «There’s an order form where every possible preference is listed: hairstyle, glasses, beard, fashion sense... I never yell, no matter what. That was in the order-form description.»

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Q: «How do you know that your family hasn’t been hired?» A: «That’s a good question! No one knows.»

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«[Being a hired boyfriend is] a dating situation. It’s not about having sexual relations, although some women have expected that. Generally, the women just want to have fun with a younger man. They want to feel young again.»

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«I like playing the caring father. I play with the kids, even when I’m tired. It’s very tough when you're exhausted, but you still show up, and you try to create happiness. That’s the kind of father I admire, even when it’s me.»

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«The demand is increasing. More people, for example, want help to appear popular on social media. We had one man recently who paid a huge sum just to fly with five employees to Las Vegas and take pictures for Facebook.»

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Q: «Did [an actor hired to replace a deceased wife] have the same memories as the wife?» A: «There are certain memories, yes. There’s a blank sheet, and the client writes the memories that he wants the wife to remember.»

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«The truth does have to come out eventually. The happiness is not endless, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without value.»

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wisdom

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