Japan Is In Desperate Need Of More Ninjas After A Nationwide Shortage

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If you've ever fancied your chances as The Land of the Rising Sun's finest fast-footed assassin then this if your chance, as Japan is looking ninjas following a nationwide shortage.

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Although legend depicts ninjas in Japan as something akin to historical hitmen, there is still a culture of skilled ninjas whom many tourists travel to Japan to witness in action.

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But according to Takatsugu Aoki, manager of a martial arts squad, the ninja is a dying breed as few can match the skills the job requires. He told the Asahi Newspaper: "With the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan on the increase, the value of ninja as tourism content has increased."

"There are more employment choices, while ninja shows across the country have become popular. I feel there is a ninja shortage," he added.

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What's the job spec we hear you ask? Well you'll need to be trained in unarmed combat, throwing swords, acrobats, first aid and, erm, making yourself seem invisible.

Ninja training in Nabari, Mie prefecture, in Japan

Luckily according to The Independent: "People visiting the town of Nabari or Iga in Mie prefecture can undertake a ninja tour where they can train as the deadly assassins once did. From climbing over 20ft walls to throwing deadly darts known as shuriken to crossing a river using a length of rope, people are given the chance to test out all their ninja skills. Those who make it through the ninja training are given a graduation certificate."

"Once you've mastered the ninja arts you can watch demonstrations carried out by performers, including how to strangle an unsuspecting victim." Nice.

Start packing those bags - perhaps leave your samurai sword at home though.