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City in Japan Faces Ninja Shortage, Offers $85,000 for Qualified Applicants

Here’s a job opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss!

Just in case you didn’t know, yes, it is definitely possible to be a ninja in real-life. In fact, one small city in Japan is currently facing a shortage of ninjas and they’re hiring interested individuals.

And as you may have noticed in the headline, they’re offering a handsome salary of $85,000 per year. Sounds like your dream job just came true, right?

Iga, a small city in Japan, desperately needs more ninjas.

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In a recent episode of the Planet Money podcast, host Sally Herships shared she visited the city of Iga which holds a ninja festival each year. Tourists often flock to the said event but unfortunately, they’re currently suffering from a scarcity of ninjas.

Stacey Vanek Smith, co-host of Herships, said:

“It’s facing a shortage of those two key things you need to keep an economy humming: stuff to sell and people to buy the stuff.”

Iga is known as the birthplace of ninjas in the country.

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Ninjas are among the city’s heritage and city mayor Sakae Okamoto hopes the festivals will continue to attract tourists and give the economy a boost. However, local youth seem to be reluctant about living in the countryside.

As the mayor told Herships:

“Right now in Iga, we are working very hard to promote ninja tourism and get the most economic outcome.

“For example, we hold this ninja festival between late April to around the beginning of May.

“During this period visitors and also local people come here. Everybody will be dressed like a ninja and walks around and enjoys themselves — but recently I feel that it’s not enough.”

The podcaster likewise pointed out:

“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.”

Japan has a low unemployment rate of 2.5% so now it’s really hard to find ninja performers.

Source: Reuters

“Ninja is not an inheritable class,” said ninja museum curator Sugako Nakagawa in a 2008 Reuters interview. “Without severe training, nobody could become a ninja. That’s why they have silently disappeared in history.”


The British Royal Family Actually Works Regular Jobs

I didn’t know this fact about the Queen!

When we think of Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses, we think of sophisticated people waving elegantly at the commoners. Is that the only thing that they do? Actually, no.

As a matter of fact, the real-life Royal family has regular jobs like the rest of us. Despite their status in life, they are not exempted from doing their obligations.

1. Queen Elizabeth


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Why Rolex Watches Carry High Price Tags And Are A Status Symbol?

Now we know why!

While Rolex is a brand that is synonymous to luxury, do you know that the famous watch brand worn by the rich and famous was originally intended simply as a tool? So how come Rolex is now a piece that symbolizes wealth, prestige, and even power, you ask? Well we have the answers for you.

Rumor has it that before a Rolex watch leaves a factory, its design should be recognizable from 20 feet away. Although no one outside the watch company can confirm the veracity of this rumor, it can’t be denied that Rolex definitely boasts of a very distinct aesthetic: sporty and active tool watches.

Rolex watches were originally meant to be tools.


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7 Signs You’re Not Good With Money

A lot of people are guilty of #2

Are you earning enough but can’t seem to stretch your money to survive? Do you always find yourself making excuses for not saving money? If your answer is yes, then you might have some financial issues.

Stefanie O'Connell, a financial advisor for millennials and author of "The Broke and Beautiful Life," explains the ways of a person who is not good with money. Read up to know if you’re one of them.

1. You most of the time pay your fees late.


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