3 bizarre part-time jobs: Man-boy for AV, balloon watcher and fake wedding guest

3 bizarre part-time jobs: Man-boy for AV, balloon watcher and fake wedding guest

TOKYO —

Each year, fewer and fewer university students in Japan succeed in finding a full-time job before graduation. Because of low graduate employment rates, many former university students are forced to take up part-time work as they continue their quest for full-time employment. On the bright side, there seems to be plenty of odd jobs to go around in Japan and many of them are literally odd.

We’ve already reported on “cuddle cafe” workers, a career censoring genitalia, and a job scouting potential vending machine locations. Take a look at three more bizarre part-time jobs in Japan that you can apply for right now.

Wanted: Short, child-faced male

Adult video (AV) producer Deep’s is currently accepting applications for a role in their newest dirty flick. Nothing too unusual there until you take a look at the qualifications: Child-faced male under 160 cm or over 160 cm with a short build. Application deadline is Jan 17 at 7 p.m .and filming will take place on Jan 18 and 25. Actor will be paid on the day of filming.

Wanted: Balloon watcher

On the Japanese government employment agency’s online posting site, Hello Work, the Balloon Workshop Corporation is currently listing a job under the description, “Balloon Advertisement Surveillance.” Many department stores and pachinko parlors use giant balloons to advertise their establishment. According to the site, the Balloon Watcher job entails observing balloons to make sure they are properly inflated and in working order. Daily wages range from 5,300 yen to 7,300 yen, depending on working hours. When the weather’s nice and sunny, this looks to be a cushy job where you can just sit back and gaze at the clouds.

Wanted: Fake wedding guest

Dairi, a wedding planning company, listed a job asking applicants to simply attend a wedding ceremony in order to liven up the atmosphere and make it appear as if there are more guests. Part-time workers/fake wedding guests are even allowed to eat dinner and receive a wedding favor, in addition to getting paid a salary. Not just anyone can apply (applicants are expected to possess common knowledge of society and proper manners, etc.), but for those who do qualify, 10,000 yen to 15,000 yen isn’t bad for dressing up, eating delicious food, and receiving a gift.

Source: Tochuo

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  • 2

    shirokuma2011

    Not to mention all the "who are you??" questions you'll have to fudge your way through the whole time you're there.

  • 1

    southsakai

    fake wedding guest hu? That's really just sad and not on for a REAL wedding. When I wed my wife, we had no guests. Small private ceremony. You eighter have your family and friends, or simply go alone. Nothing wrong with that. but fake wedding guests?? oh that's cold!

  • 1

    Serrano

    "scouting potential vending machine locations"

    Easiest job in the world! There aren't any, they're all taken! :

    Boss: Did you find any potential locations for our vending machines?

    Scout: Nope.

    Boss: OK, look some more tomorrow.

    Scout: Will do, boss!

    "Fake wedding guest"

    I bet they would be better guests than some genuine guests.

  • 1

    serendipitous

    Hopefully the bride or groom aren't fake too!

  • 1

    hereforever

    They forgot to add fake priest. (For foreigners)

  • 1

    Juan Carlos Barbosa Padilla

    The fake wedding attendant sounds like a good idea for a drama involving a fake guest falling in love with the groom or bride...

  • 0

    CrisGerSan

    I like those jobs, balloon watcher, then vending machine location scout and the wedding guest that is a nice one too. Things are looking up for young grads in Japan with such interesting jobs....

  • 0

    whiskeysour

    Balloon watcher and wedding guest sounds to easy. But balloon watcher you definitely need a automobile or scooter. Because Pachinko Parlors are SPACED out all over the place.

  • -1

    Eduardo Gonzalez

    Slam the brakes, please!

  • -1

    DudeDeuce

    I have heard of the fake wedding guest but I think a lot of the times the guest has to make a speech too.

  • -1

    lwsydney

    Being a fake wedding guest would be a ball. You'd wanna be on your toes the whole time though...and make sure you meet the couple before for story corraboration!

  • -2

    xuanzhang

    None of those sound unusual at all.

    Never heard of twink porn?

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Each year, fewer and fewer university students in Japan succeed in finding a full-time job before graduation.

    Is that surprising?

    In a depressingly large number of cases, a Japanese student who has graduated a four year university course is glib (atama dekachi), in that he can memorise pages of information, but has no judgement or ability to apply, and is therefore difficult to train. He has no knowledge or skills that would benefit him in the work place, and lacks initiative, drive and energy.

    Having hired a person as a full time employee, with Japanese labour laws, it's very difficult to get rid of him. Full time employees also demand other benefits than the salary, such as bonuses, salary increases, pension plans, etc.

    It therefore makes more sense for a company to employ part-time workers that they can hire and fire at will.

  • -2

    JapanGal

    Fake wedding guests? Not bad as most of the priests and ministers marrying people are fake too. They make more money though, plus you can create your own business doing it. You may now kiss the bride.

  • -2

    oberst

    looking for " man-boy " for AV ? Think the porn industry is cranking out mother-son( hopefully not father-son ) incest theme AV.............

    Fake wedding quest ? Good part time job for gaijins, esp. the blonde,blue eyes type, add " prestige "( look, those are our ex-boyfriends, girl friends ) to the newly wed..........

    Balloon watchers ? recruit from the up skirts watchers............should be plenty

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