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Japan is running out of ninjas
Or at least the town of Iga, familiar to us anime and manga fans as home of ninjas.
Japan is having a ninja crisis.
The small city of Iga, famed as the birthplace of the ninja, can’t find enough martial artists to perform for tourists during its annual festival, according to an episode of “Planet Money” on NPR.
Professional ninjas in Iga can make up to $85,000 per year, the report said, but a high salary isn’t enough to combat the central Japan city’s depopulation problem.
While a budget is not disclosed, the Japanese government funds ninjas and there are plans to add a second ninja museum in Iga in an attempt to draw more visitors, Herships explained.
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