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Jun 2, 2010 - Shiraoi the Last of the Ainu

‘Ainu society and culture have been progressively destroyed as a result of the assimilation policies enforced by the Japanese government…Ainu have experienced discrimination and been forced to live in poverty.’ This line in the preface of the little booklet by the ‘Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture’ (FRPAC) that the guide gave me in the reconstructed Ainu village in Shiraoi, gives a radically different version of the Ainu people’s history than the one I came across in the ‘Museum of Northern Peoples’ in Hakodate where...

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