A Japanese university is planning to be the first university to study ninjas.
In an announcement, Mie University in central Japan, said they would begin a research centre devoted to ninja — the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.
In Japan ninjas have been enjoying something of a resurgence as Japanese authorities increasingly deploy them to promote tourism ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The new research facility will be established in July.
It plans to compile a database of ninja and encourage cooperation between scholars from different disciplines who study ninja, according to Yuji Yamada, a professor of Japanese history at the university.