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JSUCamel
06-11-2009, 09:26 AM
http://ow.ly/dclc

Office Agents, a Tokyo-based company, rents out friends, work colleagues and even relatives to pad out the guest list.

For 127, one of the company's agents will attend the wedding as a guest, while a heart-tugging speech will cost an extra 64 and a song or dance will set clients back a mere 32.

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.

Others turning to the company for fake work-related guests are those who have recently lost their jobs but want to maintain an air of respectability, according to Hiroshi Mizutani, who heads Office Agents.

"We'll attend the wedding as your friend instead of your friend," said Mr Mizutani.

"Suddenly, a guest might not be able to make it. Or maybe you are concerned about the gap in the number of guests you have compared to your partner. Or, there are many temp workers these days and they may be uncomfortable inviting the boss."

At one recent wedding, the groom secretly arranged for all 30 guests to be hired as friends and family members as it was his second marriage and he did not want the same guests present as the first time round.

The company also provides the hiring of fake companions at events ranging from corporate functions and funerals to private events.

Stand-in lovers, pretend secretaries and distant relatives are among a colourful cast of popular roles played by the company's army of fakers.

Describing the necessary credentials for his "fakers", Mr Mizutani said: "They are cheery and clean and look like they have regular jobs."

Gilshalos Sedai
06-11-2009, 09:33 AM
Uh.... in the "more money than sense category..."

Terez
06-11-2009, 09:40 AM
You'd think that, once you get to the ceremony part, that impressing your imminent spouse would be unnecessary...

Ishara
06-11-2009, 10:58 AM
or that, having lost your job, that paying for extra guests would be apparent as dumber than dirt?

Ozymandias
06-11-2009, 11:49 AM
Its sad that such image-oriented social mores exist.

If I were them, I'd just buy a couple of those lifesize cardboard cutouts and put them in the pews.

GonzoTheGreat
06-11-2009, 01:33 PM
That does have the advantage that you can reuse them without extra costs for your next marriage.

Zanguini
06-11-2009, 04:07 PM
a wedding is not used to impress your significant other it is used to impress your significant others family and/or friends

Mat is Better
06-14-2009, 05:54 PM
Uh.... in the "more money than sense category..."

Yes but you could say the same thing about Western wedding practices.

hippie-joe
06-14-2009, 08:17 PM
what other services do these stand-ins provide?
that guy is a glorified pimp...

how do you get into that business?
one could make a lot of money runnin that show boat

Gilshalos Sedai
06-15-2009, 07:30 AM
Takes Wedding Crashers to a whole new level.

StrangePackage
06-15-2009, 08:15 AM
Japan is fucked up.

In other news, Man Lands on the Moon!

(For the unabashedly pro-Asians on here- don't make me post examples of this, either. You will lose, otaku.)

Terez
06-15-2009, 08:17 AM
Japan is fucked up.

In other news, Man Lands on the Moon!

(For the unabashedly pro-Asians on here- don't make me post examples of this, either. You will lose, otaku.)
And some of the more sheltered Theorylanders will probably be scarred for life...

Zanguini
06-15-2009, 08:21 AM
Japan is fucked up.

In other news, Man Lands on the Moon!

(For the unabashedly pro-Asians on here- don't make me post examples of this, either. You will lose, otaku.)


Japanese members of this sight are automatically considered otaku?

Terez
06-15-2009, 08:54 AM
Japanese members of this sight are automatically considered otaku?
He said pro-Asians, not Japanese people. And there's nothing wrong with being otaku. I think Theorylanders are by definition...

Oh, and it's "site", not "sight". :p

Ishara
06-15-2009, 11:54 AM
~is confused~

Terez
06-15-2009, 12:33 PM
Okay, let's see here....

1. otaku=geek
2. Have you ever seen Japanese TV shows?

StrangePackage
06-15-2009, 12:46 PM
If the TV shows and the tentacle-raped schoolgirl cartoons were all I had to go on, I'd be thrilled and welcome Japan into the normal world.

Alas, to quote Jimi, it goes a little deeper than that.

JSUCamel
06-15-2009, 01:00 PM
Otaku != geek
Otaku == Japanese fanboy/fangirl geek.

Huge difference.

Terez
06-15-2009, 01:07 PM
The dictionary I looked it up in didn't differentiate. ;)

Ishara
06-15-2009, 02:23 PM
Um, oh. And, no.

I watched eps of sailor moon as a very young teen and stopped when I realized that having the hots for a cartoon character named tuxedo mask was probably not the best way to meet real boys.

Terez
06-15-2009, 03:16 PM
I watched eps of sailor moon as a very young teen and stopped when I realized that having the hots for a cartoon character named tuxedo mask was probably not the best way to meet real boys. I never watched Sailor Moon, but I think I can relate to that. :D

Even the tame stuff is a bit weird, but the not-so-tame stuff is downright freaky. Japanese game shows are even freakier than things like an anime spiderwoman with huge carnivorous jaws between her legs in place of the usual stuff. Or tentacle hentai.

Ishara
06-15-2009, 03:58 PM
hentai is the sexy cartoon porn, yeah? Blech.

Although I do LOVE MXC.

Zanguini
06-15-2009, 04:14 PM
There is an obssesive quality to an otaku its just not being geeky about things japaneese or anime... It must be a driving force in your life.

A few years ago i would have been easily considered an otaku but now im kind of borderline I only get into anime over the summers.

I just finnished Full Metal Panic and am now working on getting through cl'annad

Gilshalos Sedai
06-15-2009, 04:19 PM
So, it's worse than being an Anglophile or Francophile?

Zanguini
06-15-2009, 04:31 PM
While a good portion of the US believes that geeks and nerds are active contributors to society. Most japaneese think the opposite of otaku. For details see http://www.anilinkz.com/category/genshiken/ (genshikin) Its an anime about people who watch anime and how they are viewed and interact with the outside world. very good

note: the link takes you to www.anilinkz.com
Which is currently my favorite website for watching fansubs.. which are perfectly legal