I know the Japanese are very big on status,but this seems to be taking things to the extreme..an excerpt from Nine MSN news page. (hope that covers me from infringing copyright)
A Japanese company offering a "fake friends" service is proving to be a massive hit with people who want to pad out their guest list at weddings.
The Tokyo-based Office Agents will rent out friends, work colleagues and even relatives for people looking to appear popular or simply maintain an air of respectability, the UK Telegraph newspaper reports.
Clients pay $260 for one of the company's agents to attend their wedding but additional services, such as delivering a tear-jerking speech, cost extra.
Brides or grooms wanting to appear popular in front of their partners were among those filling up their guest list with fakes, the company's chief Hiroshi Mizutani said.
"We'll attend the wedding as your friend instead of your friend," The Telegraph quoted Mr Mizutani as saying.
"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."
Rising unemployment levels also meant people were renting fake bosses and colleagues in order to maintain an air of respectability, he said.
Mr Mizutani said the company employed fakers who were "cheery and clean" and looked "like they have regular jobs".