Ninjas-clad security guards are all the rage in Japan.
Security Service Association (SSC), a firm in western Japan, has started issuing new uniforms to its fleet of security guards. Ditching the usual military-inspired outfits, SSC’s “ninja squads” are dressed like the mythic stealth assassins schooled in the tenets of ninjutsu, reports Japan Times. Throughout Koto, a rural town three hours by train from Kyoto rich with ninja history, guards with fake throwing stars and wood katana swords can be spotted directing traffic, greeting customers at local coffee shops, and patrolling buildings. SSC’s enterprising CEO Maya Miyoshi is even pitching the squad to organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics games.