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Ja­pan re­cruit­ing nin­jas for ‘war­lord tourism’

TOKYO — The Ja­panese pre­fec­ture of Aichi is look­ing for nin­jas to help stir tourism in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the 2020 Olympics.

The pre­fec­ture wants six young ath­letic types be­tween the ages of 18 and 30 to fill a year-long con­tract for 180,000 Ja­panese Yen, or about M24 329 a month.

But in­stead of the his­tor­i­cally se­cre­tive war­riors, Aichi needs peo­ple ready to do flips, sword play or give long talks about the leg­endary mer­ce­nar­ies for ra­dio and tele­vi­sion. Some­times in English.

The six ninja will be used in a tourism cam­paign for Ja­pan around the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

To kick­start the “war­lord tourism” cam­paign, lo­cal gov­er­nor Shigeaki Omura ap­peared on­line in a full ninja cos­tume to make his case. The six will be picked soon be­cause the train­ing be­gins in April.

Nin­jas did the work thought be­neath the no­bil­ity of the samu­rai in 15th cen­tury Ja­pan. The ninja en­gaged in sab­o­tage, espionage and as­sas­si­na­tion, among other types of warfare. They grad­u­ally dis­ap­peared as the coun­try was uni­fied in the 17th Cen­tury.


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