Is that Guy or girl as popular as you think? In Japan you can rent a friend. A company called Family Romance has a staff or 800 or so actors that can fill any role in the personal life of a client. Need a friend, husband, father or a mourner at a funeral? You can pay someone to step in. The owner of the company says demand is on the increase for renting a friend. He says people want to appear more popular on social media. I could use someone to do housework. Does that work? I have a poker buddy and all he wants is a treat every once in a while. Could you rent a friend?