In Japan, those who find themselves with a small or no family can hire a husband, a mother, or grandson for example. These relationships may turn out to be more real than one expects. Japan’s rent-a-family industry is growing but is it replacing the real thing?
A couple of years ago, Tokyo native Kazushige Nishida, lost his wife. His daughter had left home prior to that due to an argument and hadn’t been heard from since. Nishida, in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter.
Nishida had always considered himself a strong person however felt very lonely and alone. Nishida was still doing to work every day, in the sales division of a manufacturing company. In his...