Photo/IllutrationHattori Hanzo and the Ninjas ((C) aichi-ninja)

NAGOYA--It's tough being a ninja these days. There are just not enough of them.

So a ninja group here in this city in the middle of Japan wants you!

Successful applicants will be paid 180,000 yen ($1,600) monthly as well as a bonus and even a commuting allowance. Social insurance is another benefit.

“Ninja, globally popular agents, are greatly sought after across Japan, partly because an increasing number of overseas tourists visit the country,” said Yumi Dohara, who mans the ninja office.

She said there is a vacancy for either a man or a women so the troupe can visit more sites to perform.

Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjas, a tourism promotion group based in Aichi Prefecture, is accepting applications up to March 13.

The ninja performance team was established by the Aichi prefectural government in summer 2015 to bolster tourism.

The five ninja, clad in black, of course, and including one named after Hattori Hanzo, a true-life historical covert agent, welcome visitors and perform for sightseers on the Nagoya Castle grounds and elsewhere.

Applicants must be able to speak Japanese, but non-Japanese can apply for the position. The new member will be selected after screening and an audition.

Although ninja are typically expected to pull off acrobatic feats, Dohara said there is a more important element for modern ninja.

“Skills and experience are actually significant, but they are not essential factors,” she said. “We are seeking a person who has a passion for promoting ninja.”

For details on how to apply, check the team’s English website at (http://ninja-japan.com/bosyu/index_en.html).