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Last updated at 16:40 GMT, Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The last ninjas

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They are the heroes or villains of countless movies and comics.

But after more than 500 years of history and myth, only a handful of masters hold the secrets of the deadly art of ninjutsu.

Now Japan is looking to its ninjas to boost tourism.

And while their legacy will no doubt live on, it might be less about assassinations and more about entertainment.

villains

the bad people in stories

myth

traditional stories which may or may not be true

deadly

causing death

legacy

something which is left behind after death

assassinations

murders, especially of famous or important people

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

villain / myth / deadly / legacy / assassinations

1. In the new James Bond film, Skyfall, the Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem takes on the role of the ________, playing a cyber-terrorist.

2. It still carries out bombings and ________ in the capital.

3. Lax safety standards, poor wiring and overcrowding are blamed for causing several ________ factory fires every year.

4. Nelson was blind in his right eye but, contrary to popular ________, did not wear an eye patch.

5. The 2012 Olympics made people proud to be British but thoughts have since turned to the sporting ________ left by the summer spectacular.

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How did you do?

1

villain

2

assassinations

3

deadly

4

myth

5

legacy