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Mar 14, 2016
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Naruto die-hards, listen up!

Now's your time to realize those dreams of running on water and throwing shurikens, as Central Japan's Aichi prefecture recently announced that it is hiring full-time ninjas...

...to promote tourism in the district boasting the historic Nagoya Castle, that is.

Aside from being able to live like those masters of stealth and martial arts, the cool job apparently also pays handsomely. Successful applicants will receive a one-year contract with a monthly pay of ¥180,000 ($1,580 = P73,400) plus bonus, according to Satoshi Adachi of the prefectural government's tourism promotion unit.

Just some of the things a tourism assassin will do are pull off acrobatics ("backward handsprings and some dance moves"), display their shurikenjutsu prowess, and do photo-ops with tourists, Adachi told AFP.

Ironically, the prefecture's job poster describes an ideal candidate as someone who "enjoy(s) being under the spotlight even though he or she is a secretive ninja."

While Japanese fluency is a plus, passion for the country's history and tourism is more important as ninjas will sometimes perform in English.

Anyone aged 18 or above can submit their applications until March 22. Those chosen will undergo a one-month training course in April.

Notably, Aichi isn't the first prefecture to do something like this. The province of Iga (near the imperial capital of Kyoto, once a ninja's stomping grounds) has long been employing "warriors" to boost tourism.

Last year, a "ninja council" was also launched by local government leaders—who donned costumes instead of their usual suits—in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

 

Photo via AFP/Aichi Prefecture Tourism Bureau
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