IGA, Mie Prefecture--The elusive talents of ninja researchers from various countries and fields are to be brought together in February with the establishment of the International Ninja Research Association.

The news was announced by Mie University’s international ninja research center based in the city’s Ueno-Marunouchi district, which will manage the secretariat for the association.

According to research center officials, ninja researchers are scattered around the world and conduct research and present their findings on an individual basis.

The new association will play the central role in connecting researchers with a global network to provide forums for academic discussions and research presentations.

A general meeting for the preparation of the new association will be held at the Sunpia Iga hotel in the city’s Saimyoji district on Feb. 17 to determine its bylaws and chairperson before launching the organization.

Afterward, a meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate its establishment.

Seoul National University professor Kim Shi-duck will give a commemorative lecture on ninja novels written by Toru Arayama. Yamanashi Gakuin University professor William Reed and Makoto Hisamatsu, a specially appointed professor at Mie University, will host a symposium to present their research findings about feudal-era secret agents from the perspectives of history and literature. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., with a city tour offered the following day on Feb. 18.

After being made official, the association will host a research presentation meeting each year, as well as publishing and translating papers, the officials said.

Mie University started making efforts for research on ninja and their techniques when it founded a satellite campus facility called the Iga Cooperation Field (ICF) in the city in 2012. The university leads ninja research with the research center set up at the ICF in July 2017.