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Ninja emerges from shadows as Japan takes aim at tourism boom

Ninja emerges from shadows as Japan takes aim at tourism boom

IGA (Japan) — Ninja, Japan’s feudal mercenaries, are mainly known abroad as the stuff of legend and intrigue, while modern-day incarnations mainly in Asia have gained widespread popular appeal through media such as anime and manga, or games and movies. But tourists travelling to Japan who wish to familiarise themselves with the lore of this covert clan can find its heart and soul in a museum located in Iga, Mie Prefecture, dedicated to the history of the ninja. For Japan, which seeks to boost the number of foreign travellers in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and help stimulate local economies, it presents a destination of choice and a win-win for the region and tourists alike. Ninja employed covert techniques called ninjutsu and were involved in such missions as espionage, sabotage and assassination, before gradually diminishing in Japan’s Edo perio...

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