A Japanese man rents himself out to do nothing.

Lazy Man

Lazy Man

Shoji Morimoto offers people his "service" to accompany them even though he does nothing more than "respond very easily".

His Twitter account reads: "I will lend you a person (me) who does nothing... I can't do anything other than eating or drinking and responding very easily."

The Tokyo resident has had more than 3,000 requests since he began his service back in 2018. He originally did it for nothing but now charges 10,000 yen (£70) per 'job'.

Morimoto added: "I'm not a friend or an acquaintance. I'm free of the bothersome things that accompany relationships, but can ease people's sense of loneliness. Maybe it's something like that for me.

"I myself don't like to be cheered on by others. I get upset when people simply tell me 'keep on trying'.

"When someone is trying to do something, I think the best thing to do is to help lower the bar for them by staying at their side."