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Help Wanted: Ninja

Japan's Aichi prefecture has a job opening for six ninjas. Really. The position pays ¥180,000 ($1,600) a month, which isn’t much, but how many job openings are there for ninjas? Ninjas were 15th-century mercenaries who used guerrilla tactics to carry out missions that the samurai could not. They were spies, assassins, and experts in stealth fighting. But the required skills for the current job openings are a bit simpler.

It involves stage performances and "PR work" for radio and television. Combat experience as a ninja is not required and a track record of killing people for money would not help your application.

Ideal candidates should "enjoy being under the spotlight even though he or she is a secretive ninja," Satoshi Adachi of the prefecture's tourism promotion unit, told AFP.

As the troupe will sometimes perform in English, Japanese language skills are preferred rather than essential, Mr Adachi said, although a passion for history and tourism is a requirement.

The ninjas will help promote travel to Aichi prefecture and spark interest in Japanese history. A short period of training will begin your new career, but applications must be in by March 22. -via Atlas Obscura


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