In Japan lonely students can go to rent-a-friend services

April 7, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre


According to the big Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, students in Japanese universities have gotten more lonely in recent years. They are finding it increasingly difficult to make friends, resulting in more students failing to attend classes or dropping out. This trend has caused a new kind of service to emerge. So-called rent-a-friend companies offer different kinds of ‘friend’ services.

Japanese students

One example of such a service is a guy who wanted to go to a popular dance club, but had no friends to accompany him. He therefore phoned a company called Client Partners, where he booked to girls. They went to the party with him, pretending to be his friend. He had a good time and paid around $344 for the service.

According to the company, they receive more than 10 and up to 100 rent-a-friend related requests every month. Mostly from lonely, anxious people who have lost their confidence. (Via: Photo: David Monniaux, licensed under the CC A-SA 3.0)