International Ninja Research Association Founded in Japan (News)
Iga, Mie Pref., Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)—An international academic society designed to promote research on ninjas was established last week in Iga, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, known as the home of the traditional covert agents in the country.
Some 200 researchers from countries, including Japan, South Korea, China, and Britain, attended an inaugural ceremony for the International Ninja Research Association held in Iga on Saturday.
The association will engage in comprehensive researches on ninjas, including on their history, their foods, and novels and manga about them. It will publish a journal featuring research articles in Japanese and English.
Nakashima Atsumi, a 73-year-old doctor and ninja researcher in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, took up the post of chairman of the association.
The association's secretariat is based in Mie University's international ninja research center in Iga.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]