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A man graduated with a degree in ninja studies. Yes, it's legit

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

This handout photo taken on June 21, 2019 and received on June 26, 2020 courtesy of Genichi Mitsuhashi shows his ninja training in Iga, Mie prefecture. - Genichi Mitsuhashi has become the first student ever to graduate from a Japanese university with a master's degree in ninja studies. (Photo by Handout / Courtesy of Genichi Mitsuhashi / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Genichi Mitsuhashi" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --- NO ARCHIVES --- (Photo by HANDOUT/Courtesy of Genichi Mitsuhashi/AFP via Getty Images)

A 45-year-old Japanese man has become the world's first person ever to graduate with a master's degree in ninja studies.

(CNN)A Japanese man has become the first person in the world to hold a master's degree in ninja studies, after completing a graduate course that involved learning basic martial arts and how to stealthily climb mountains.

Genichi Mitsuhashi, 45, spent two years studying the history, traditions and fighting techniques of ninjas -- the mysterious covert agents of feudal Japan -- at the country's Mie University.

Yet Mitsuhashi said ninjas were also independent farmers, and he moved to the mountainous province of Iga, 220 miles from the Japanese capital Tokyo, to better understand how they lived.

"Iga is where Ninja used to live.

The climate of this area created the very nature of ninja," he said.

He also teaches martial arts and ninjutsu -- the art of the ninja -- at his own dojo.

The master's degree course started in 2018, a year after Mie University established the International Ninja Research Center in Iga -- the first in the world dedicated to the ninja studies.

Ninja studies professor Yuji Yamada said Mitsuhashi was a "dedicated student. "

Mitsuhashi, who wants to pursue a doctoral degree in ninja studies, said the course had taught him about the present, as well as the past.

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