Ninja team in one of Japan’s largest cities needs new members, and neither Japanese fluency nor citizenship is required.
April is the start of the business year in Japan, and also traditionally when new employees start working at companies across the nation. However, with March winding down, one Nagoya-based organization finds itself short-handed, and is still accepting applications.
Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjas, also known as the Hattori Hanzo Ninja Squad, was formed in 2015. While sabotage and subterfuge are the industries most ninja clans involve themselves in, Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjas was instead created to promote tourism to Aichi Prefecture and its capital city of Nagoya.
The group’s members can often be seen performing acrobatics and weaponry display shows, as well as instructing visitors to Nagoya Castle and the region’s Chubu Airport in how to throw shuriken (throwing stars).
The organization’s website currently lists seven staff ninja, but the team is looking to expand, as it’s currently taking applications for full-time ninja positions. Originally, the deadline was March 21, but due to the small number of applications, it’s been extended indefinitely.
To become a professional ninja, you must be over 18 and able to speak Japanese at a daily-conversational level. Being fluent in the language, however, is not a requirement, nor do you have to be Japanese born. Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjas hired an American ninja in 2016, and this year the organization has even posted an English version of its want-ad in order to attract non-Japanese applicants as well.
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Being a ninja pays a monthly salary between 180,000 (approximately US$1,600) and 220,000 a month, with the exact amount determined not by how many corrupt magistrates you assassinate, but by the exact number of working days as well as the amount of overtime, if any, during the pay period. A bonus is paid in December. Candidates will need to be based in or able to commute to Nagoya, and the ideal applicant would be one with acrobatics training who’s also sociable and good with kids.
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The exact details of the application process can be found here. The ninja are hoping that their new comrade will begin working on April 10, so if you’re ready to make “shadow warrior” your day job, dust off that resume right away.