Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Japanese single mother hired an actor who has been posing as the girl’s father for the last 10 years.
The parents separated when they had a baby daughter and the lie started when she was 10 years old. Apparently the girl started by asking where her father was, then she became withdrawn, stopped talking to her mother, and eventually stopped going to school.
Her mother soon learned that the girl was a victim of bullying at school, as it often happens with children of single parents in Japan. So the mother decided to give her daughter the thing she wanted most – a father, even if it meant lying to her.
She hired the actor to pose as the father and the girl gradually became normal and happy. Every time she requires his services, she has to pay around 10,000 Yen (Approx. Shs350,000).
Although the girl is now 20 years old, she does not know the truth. The mother and the actor appear determined to carry on the lie.