The Ainu of Japan

I’ve been looking into the Ainu, who are the indigenous peoples of Japan (specifically the northern island of Hokkaido) and the more I learn, the more I see very strong similarities between the situations of the Ainu and the First Nations of BC. These Similarities are evident both in culture as well as the struggle against governmental policies of subjugation and assimilation.

Anyway, here is a short video if anyone is interested. A lot has changed since this video (1994) where in 2008 the Ainu were officially recognized as indigenous peoples by the Japanese government, which is quite significant considering Japan’s traditionally very conformist and homogenous mindset. However, Japan has still refrained from recognizing the Ainu’s collective rights as indigenous peoples.

-Posted by Ryan

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