February 15, 2019

ALONG THE ANGLOSPHERE:

Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time (SBS, 2/15/19)

Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as Indigenous people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.

The Ainu people - many of whom live in northern Hokkaido - have long suffered the effects of a policy of forced assimilation, and while discrimination has receded gradually, income and education gaps with the rest of Japan persist.

"It is important to protect the honour and dignity of the Ainu people and to hand those down to the next generation to realise a vibrant society with diverse values," top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Posted by at February 15, 2019 9:07 AM

  

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