Shopping for people

Another story on consumerism … in the most bizarre way.

Did you know that you can rent a foreigner in Japan? Yes. You go to the site, find the person you want, put him or her in your shopping cart, and away you go.

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The site is called Gaikokujin Rental and it says that the site is:

“neither employer, nor dispatch company. We are public space for self-promotion.”

Perhaps, but the shopping cart does make me cringe.

Read more on their About page (in both Japanese and English)  The About page is not a translation, though. The Japanese content is different from the English.

Part of the Japanese explanation says (my 適当 translation, with just a hint of sarcasm):

“You can speak with them, play with them, make them work. Anything’s okay! How about renting a gaijin today, for professional or work purposes, or just to kill time?”

Writing prompt / Discussion question:

Discuss/write about your reactions and opinions about such an enterprise. Your first reaction may be one of disbelief, but take some time to think about it and discuss/write your opinions looking at all sides of the story. (I am not endorsing this site, but I do think it’s a great topic for discussion.)

After you think about your own opinions, read an interview with the two guys who started the site. Does it change your opinions?


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