“Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter.” Elif Batuman in The New Yorker on Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry: “People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.” (Anyone looking for a couple of rental kids to take on vacation next Spring Break, hit me up for details.)