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Too Little, Too Late for the Ainu

July 3, 2008

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.

(via Japundit)


Ko Sasaki fot NYT

Yasuko Yamamichi, who runs an Ainu language school, scoffed at the “empty” recognition of the Ainu as an indigenous people.


From 1904, Wikipedia.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2008 7:25 AM

    I agree, this is too little too late in some ways. However, it is at least a public acknowledgment towards the Ainu peoples, and begins the steps towards granting full self-determining and sovereign status. Just like the apologies in Canada and Australia this year – empty.

  2. July 5, 2008 12:54 PM

    @indigenous- Yes. I agree- at least it’s something.

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