(From Daily Mail) Wanted: Six full-time ninjas who have a way with words and can do backward handsprings. Pay: About $1,600 (£1,115) a month.
Central Japan’s Aichi prefecture said it is hiring full-time ninjas – the martial-arts masters and stealth special assassins of feudal times – to promote tourism in the area known for historic Nagoya castle.
Newly hired ninjas will receive a one-year contract with monthly pay of 180,000 yen ($1,580) (£1,101) plus bonus, said Satoshi Adachi of the prefectural government’s tourism promotion unit.
They will also perform acrobatics, demonstrate the use of their trademark ‘shuriken’ – ninja star – and pose for photographs with tourists, he said.
Japanese speaking ability is preferable, but non-Japanese individuals passionate about history and tourism are welcome as the troupe will sometimes perform in English, Adachi said.
‘Our ninjas also have to be good at talking to promote tourism, although ninjas are basically required to be secretive,’ he said.
Successful candidates will go through a one-month training course in April.