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Husband for Hire

Inside Japan’s family rental industry with a man who gets paid to impersonate relatives.

Would you hire someone to impersonate one of your relatives? Yuichi Ishii is a former actor who runs Family Romance, a 'family rental' business in Japan. He pretends to be people's fathers, husbands and ex-lovers. Over nine years, he's played spouse to a hundred women and organised 8,000 fake weddings. But, it's an ethical minefield when you're living a lie. This programme was first broadcast on 11th August 2018.

Image: Japanese anime fan poses with his virtual reality wife
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Presenter: Saskia Edwards
Producer: Maryam Maruf

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