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Japan university to set up ninja studies centre

TOKYO: A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world's first research centre devoted to ninja -- the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth. While mostly confined to history books and fiction, ninja have been enjoying something of a resurgence as Japanese authorities increasingly deploy them to promote tourism ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Now, Mie University in central Japan -- the region considered the home of the feudal martial arts masters -- has announced that a ninja…