Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Market for wedding guests

Here's an unusual market for temporary workers:
Japanese company does thriving trade in 'fake friends'

"Along with choosing a dress and booking a honeymoon, there is one other item to add to the wedding checklist in Japan: hiring fake friends.
Office Agents, a Tokyo-based company, rents out friends, work colleagues and even relatives to pad out the guest list.
Brides or grooms who want to impress their prospective partners with their sheer volume of friends are among those secretly padding the guest list with fakes.
The recession has also boosted the popularity of the service. With unemployment rising and a growing number of Japanese in part time jobs, people rent fake bosses or colleagues."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I believe there is also a market for mourners at funerals in, at least, Vietnam.