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Ninja program coming to Discovery Channel in 2018

Foreign production staff are seen filming a ninja action scene in Iga, Mie Prefecture, on Oct. 30, 2017. (Mainichi)

An American television program focusing on ninjas is set to be broadcast on The Discovery Channel, one of the world's largest documentary channels.

    Titled "The Last Ninja," the eight-part show includes scenes shot at Iga Ueno Castle in Iga, Mie Prefecture. It also features ninja training supervised by Ninja Museum of Igaryu Honorary Director Jinichi Kawakami.

    According to the Iga-Ueno Tourist Association, which assisted with locations for the program, "The Last Ninja" follows the journey of a traumatized American as they undergo spartan ninja training in an attempt to regain mental strength.

    Coproduced by an American company and Fuji Creative Corp., the Iga scenes were shot in late October, after some endurance scenes in challenging conditions in the Canadian countryside.

    "The production places emphasis on mental strength, in a way that has never been done overseas before. It touches on the essence of being a ninja, so I want people across the world to watch it," Kawakami says.

    "The Last Ninja" is set to be broadcast across the U.S. in May 2018, with possible releases in other countries including Japan.

    Ninja Museum of Igaryu Honorary Director Jinichi Kawakami, right, is seen being filmed on top of a stone wall, in Iga, Mie Prefecture, on Oct. 30, 2017. (Mainichi)

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