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Many Foreigners Wishing to Become Ninja in Japan

Many Foreigners Wishing to Become Ninja in Japan

   Nagoya, June 15 (Jiji Press)--A group of people disguised as ninja to promote tourism in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi has enjoyed a large number of applicants from overseas.
   Of the 20 applicants for a position that became available in the team this year, 15 were foreigners, indicating the deep-rooted popularity of ninja amid an increase in the number of visitors to Japan.
   The group, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hattori Hanzo Ninja Corps, which debuted in 2015, promotes the charm of Aichi through its activities mainly in Nagoya Castle and performances held during weekends.
   The ninja corps started to draw attention after a foreign news agency reported in 2016 that an administrative body is recruiting a ninja, according to Sankosha Co., an advertising agency based in the Aichi capital of Nagoya. It is commissioned by the prefecture to promote the team.
   Applications came from about 200 people from foreign countries, including the United States, Russia, Italy, Tunisia, and Macedonia, according to Sankosha.

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