TOKYO: masses of aspiring ninjas from abroad have beaten tourism officers in Japan looking to hire six full-time mystery assassins, vastly outnumbering nearby candidates.
Vital Japan’s Aichi prefecture is hiring a troupe of ninjas — the martial-arts masters and stealth assassins of feudal times immortalized in records books and length dramas — to sell tourism.
In a task advert published in advance this month, the prefecture stated candidates of any nationality were welcome. Week later, greater than two hundred packages had been dispatched to the prefecture, with eighty five percent coming from foreigners.
“We obtained so many programs and inquiries,” Satoshi Adachi of the prefecture’s tourism merchandising unit informed AFP. “We didn’t expect any such massive reaction (from remote places).”
Out of the 235 unique applicants, tourism officers have whittled the competition all the way down to 37 finalists.
The overseas finalists, thirteen in overall, hail from nations as a long way afield as the united states, France and Thailand, Adachi said.
Notwithstanding the excessive number of overseas candidates, there had been a way more Japanese finalists — 24 — as many from overseas have been eliminated by means of the need to pay their personal manner to Japan for auditions next week.
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The newly hired ninjas will get hold of a one-12 months agreement with month-to-month pay of a hundred and eighty,000 yen ($1,600) plus bonus.
Their obligations will include performing back flips, the use of the trademark “shuriken” — ninja big name — weapon and posing for snap shots with vacationers.