Crying on the Job? Japanese Company Hires Out Handsome Men to Wipe Away Your Tears


In Japan, it is now possible to hire attractive young men to come to your workplace and comfort you while you weep. For a mere 7,900 yen, or $65, a dashing gentleman will come right to your cubicle, wipe away your tears, and even watch sad videos with you if you need some help getting the waterworks going.

The Tokyo-based company Ikemeso Danshi, which translates roughly to, “Handsome Weeping Boys” was created by Hiroki Terai, a businessman with a knack for finding lucrative gaps in the Japanese market, pertaining mostly to the emotional health of a largely overworked, socially reclusive society. An avid believer in the healing effects of rui-katsu, or “tear seeking,” Terai’s previous business ventures include a service offering ceremonies to mark the end of a marriage, during which clients indulge in a good cry and end up feeling, well, healed! Terai also produced a series of free, sad movie clip screenings in 2013, the goal of which was to encourage strangers to cry together in public. Last year, he published a book, also called Ikemeso Danshi, featuring photographs of male models crying.

The company's website offers a peek at the different "types" of tear-wiping services they offer-- ranging from rugged dudes to more boyish, fresh-faced lads.

Ikemeso Danshi is a company that operates under the conviction that communal emotional vulnerability could ease the angst and loneliness of a society that is becoming more socially isolated. According to government statistics, about one-third of Japanese households contain only one person, and by 2035, it is projected that people living alone will comprise almost 40% of Japanese households. Since the 1970s, the country's divorce rate has been steadily increasing as the marriage rate has plummeted. For a culture that prides itself on an iron work ethic and total self-sufficiency, maybe a good cry really can make a difference.

Author: Nate Morgan