Click here to listen to “Japanese Rent-a-families”!

Per this article in The New Yorker, Japan has a thriving rent-a-family industry. Lonely widowers can rent woman to act as their wives for an afternoon, women can rent boyfriends or fiances to appease their parents, and more. Our heroes discuss this, along with the myriad of ways we avoid true intimacy here in the good ol’ US of A.

Music credits: Raphael Music, ‘Awestruck’ and ‘The Turnaround Road’ by Cellophane Sam is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License, ‘Floating Cities’ by Kevin Macleod used under an Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0. license, ‘Little Picture’ by The Alialujah Choir used under a Creative Commons license.

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About The Authors


Engineer. Production assistant. Podcaster. Is there anything Ben Sulser DOESN'T do?


Nathan Alberson is co-founder and creative director of Warhorn Media. He hosts three podcasts—The Bookening, The World We Made, and Sound of Sanity.


Jake is the CEO of Warhorn Media and the discipleship pastor of Clearnote Church. He also teaches at Clearnote Pastors College.

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