Japan: Ninjas Wanted For Tourism Boost in Aichi Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture

Japan’s Aichi Prefecture is looking for ninjas to promote tourism. Six full-time ninjas who can do acrobatics and willingly pose for the photographs with tourists will be hired. The region is promoting the country’s ninja heritage which is widely popular across the globe.

These newly appointed ninjas will receive a one-year contract and will be paid $36963.42 (¥180,000) per month plus a bonus, said Satoshi Adachi of the government’s tourism promotion unit. The Physical fitness and acrobatic skills are the essential criteria for promoting “warlord tourism,” Adachi said.

According to The Japan Times, a poster created by the Aichi prefecture says that the ideal candidate will be those who “enjoy being under the spotlight even though he or she is a secretive ninja.”

Adachi further stated that Japanese speaking people will be preferred but non-Japanese individuals passionate about the history and tourism are also welcome as there will be English performances.

Emphasising on the speaking skill he said, “Our ninjas also have to be good at talking to promote tourism, although ninjas are basically required to be secretive.”

The ninjas have to carry out stage performances and “PR work” for radios and TV. However, combat experience as a ninja is not required.

The candidates who fulfill the criteria will have to undergo a one-month training.  Applications will be accepted until March 22. Anyone above 18 years of age, whether a man or a woman and of any nationality can apply.  The successful candidates will also have also to perform at the Nagoya Castle and many other locations.

This is not the first time that authorities planned to use ninja for boosting tourism; they were already used to promote tourism in the city of Iga in Mie Prefecture. The city of Iga was once home to many ninjas.

Ninjas were originally mercenaries of 15th century Japan.  They specialized in espionage, assassination, sabotage and other forms of irregular warfare, reported BBC.  Ninjas performed deeds which were beneath the samurais and military nobility who were expected to maintain strict rules of fighting honourably.

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