You can rent cars, rent furniture and in Japan, you can even rent a friend. A Japanese actor is rentable as a friend, husband, father or even a mourner at a funeral.
The Atlantic-dot-com reports the eight-year-old company "Family Romance" provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a staff of 800 or so actors, the company says it provides a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.
The owner says demand for rent-a-persons is increasing. He says more people want help to appear popular on social media.