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Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 14:00 - 15:00

Developing Ninja Business Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

With in-bound tourism hitting historic highs and the world's interest in Japan's history and traditions growing, the region's most closely associated with the legacy of the ancient Ninja are now collaborating to make its culture more accessible to visitors.

The newly formed Japan Ninja Council, led by Eikei Suzuki, Governor of Mie Prefecture and Yuuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, will be spearheading a nationwide program to raise awareness of the ancient Ninja traditions with an eye to attracting visitors from around the world in the lead-up to the World Cup Rugby and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Coming to the FCCJ on 2/22 (nin, nin, nin day), will be renowned authorities on Ninja culture and practitioners of their arts, including Jinichi Kawakami, martial artist and the twenty-first headmaster of the Koga School, widely known as the "last ninja." Also speaking will be Yuji Yamada, the foremost scholar of ninja in Japan, and Hiroshi Mizohata, Board Chairperson for the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, and Vice President of the Japan Ninja Council.

The panel will announce the launch of the Ninja Nippon Project which will include the opening of a Ninja Academy and Ninja Museum, as well as nationwide collaboration with the Japan National Tourist Organization and private businesses to promote Ninja tourism.

The announcement will be followed by a performance by Ashura, a renowned Iga Ninja troupe acclaimed for their authentic presentation of martial skills.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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 Hiroshi Mizuhata                Jinichi Kawakami              Yuji Yamada

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