Too Little, Too Late for the Ainu
The Times reports that Japan’s indigenous people, the Ainu, have been officially recognized by the Japanese Parliament as, er, people. Wow-Thanks Japanese Government! That’s like the US recognizing that Native Americans exist…in 2008! Anyways, there are less than 24,000 in their native Hokkaido – many are of mixed blood – and nobody knows how many are elsewhere since they’ve been assimilated since the Meiji era.
Yasuko Yamamichi, who runs an Ainu language school, scoffed at the “empty” recognition of the Ainu as an indigenous people.