Japan resorts to ninja biz to crank up soaring tourism tally

Feb 22, 2017

Japan resorts to ninja biz to crank up soaring tourism tally

Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourists. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, ...

Ninja-seeking Japanese region inundated with overseas applications

Mar 25, 2016

Ninja-seeking Japanese region inundated with overseas applications

Hundreds of aspiring ninjas from abroad have overwhelmed tourism officials in Japan looking to hire six full-time secret assassins, massively outnumbering local applicants. Aichi Prefecture is hiring a troupe of ninjas — the martial-arts masters and stealth assassins of feudal times immortalized in history ...

Aichi advertising for full-time ninjas in tourism push

Mar 13, 2016

Aichi advertising for full-time ninjas in tourism push

Wanted: six full-time ninjas who have a way with words and can do backward handsprings. Pay: about ¥180,000 a month. Aichi Prefecture said it is hiring full-time ninjas — the martial-arts masters and stealth assassins of feudal times — to promote tourism in an ...

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

Dec 16, 2015

Rugby star Goromaru receives 'Master of Ninja' award

Rugby star Ayumu Goromaru was likened to a ninja Wednesday as he was given an award by a nationwide organization promoting the culture of the ancient spies. The Japan Ninja Council said it decided to give the 29-year-old fullback its “Master of Ninja” award ...

Ninja Council is formed to kick up tourism

Mar 9, 2015

Ninja Council is formed to kick up tourism

Officials are enlisting one of Japan’s best-known historical figures — the ninja — to encourage tourism. Governors and mayors from prefectures around the country traded their usual bland suits for ninja costumes Sunday to announce the launch of the Ninja Council. The council sees ...