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Japanese University Issues 1st Graduate Degree In Ninja Studies

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You want to know what it's like to be a ninja? It's not just for animated turtles anymore. The Japan Times reports that a Japanese university has issued the first ever graduate degree in ninja studies. Forty-five-year-old Genichi Mitsuhashi spent two years studying ninja history and martial arts. A professor says there's a lot of interest from students overseas but warns this is, of course, about the ninja, not how to become one. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.