Facing a shortage of skilled assassins, Japan has been compelled to announce that there is no need to recruit more ninjas. Iga is well known as the birthplace of ninja-dom and it has already received a pool of applications from the four corners of the globe.
However, they confirmed in a statement that they were not officially hiring any ninja. While big cities in Japan are resulting from the tourism boom, rural cities are being left behind. It goes on saying that “Ninja is not an inheritable class. Without severe training, nobody could become a ninja. That’s why they have silently disappeared in history”.
Sally Herships, journalist by profession, mentions that “Iga will build a second ninja museum but faces a labor shortage… which also extends to ninjas… There’s a ninja shortage, or to be accurate a ninja-performer shortage”.
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The journalist also added that Japan’s ninja performers could make anywhere between $23,000 and $85,000 every year but later on, it was revealed that there was a misunderstanding about the information conveyed. It was made clear that Iga “is facing a serious problem, there aren’t enough people training to be ninjas, not even for $85, 000 a year”.
There reports nonetheless gave at least one hundred and fifteen ninja from twenty three nations to have hope for possible jobs. The tourism strategy official Motoyoshi Shimai informed Reuters news agency that “Most were questions about whether we were really hiring, but there were a few that begged us to employ them and tried to promote themselves”.
Japanese officials explained that “Iga is not officially hiring but this is where ninjas originated …You can feel and experience their history throughout the city, so please visit us.”
Herships highlights that “this job does have a lot to offer…First of all, the pay is quite competitive. Today, ninjas can earn anything from $23,000 to about $85,000 — which is a really solid salary, and in fact, a lot more than real ninjas used to earn in medieval Japan.”