Monday, October 23, 2017

Japan: Still a way to go for Japanese minorities

In August 2014 Yasuyuki Kaneko, a city councillor for Sapporo, sparked intense controversy by tweeting ‘there are no such people as the Ainu any...

Japan’s hidden people: Ainu try to keep ancient traditions alive

(CNN)"Are you scared when you have to go back to the mountain at night?" {gallery}japan2015{/gallery} It's a not a question guides...

Activists cry foul over plan to unite Ainu remains at central...

Ainu activists are up in arms over a plan by the central government to erect a memorial for Ainu remains unearthed decades ago for...

Early History of The Ryukyu Kingdom and its Relationship with China...

In many ways, the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom previous to the Meiji Restoration provides a depiction of an island kingdom that maintained a...

Where, since when and how have the Ainu People existed?

Where? The figure below shows traditional Ainu settlement areas from approximately the 17th to the 19th centuries. The figure shows the confirmed settlement areas of...

Making ‘invisible’ Ainu visible is photographer’s labor of love

Makiko Ui has made it her life's work to capture the indigenous Ainu people in photographs under a project called "My portrait Myself." The 54-year-old...

Politician retracts slur against indigenous Okinawans

NAHA--An Okinawa assemblyman was forced to apologize after he was accused of insulting the island’s indigenous people by associating their traditional dress with “rags”...

First nationwide survey on Ainu discrimination to be carried out

The government plans to conduct its first full-fledged survey to grasp the reality of discrimination of the indigenous Ainu people in Japan, officials said...

National Ainu memorial faces opposition over break with traditions

SAPPORO – Some Ainu in Hokkaido have expressed opposition to a government plan to construct a national memorial where the remains of Ainu people...