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Archaeologist awarded for Ainu trade theory

Mar 1, 2016

Archaeologist awarded for Ainu trade theory

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Archaeologist Takuro Segawa has been awarded for his new theory that the Ainu, an indigenous ethnic group concentrated in Hokkaido, traded with Honshu and even Northeast Asia more closely than previously believed. In his book “Ainu Gaku Nyumon” (“Introduction to the Study of Ainu ...

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

Feb 7, 2016

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

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A group of outdoor-loving history buffs in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, has revived the first skiing technique brought to Japan more than a century ago by an Austro-Hungarian Army officer. Established nearly 50 years ago, “Lerch no Kai” (the Society of Lerch) is named after ...

Alumni of Britain's WWII Japanese language effort honored

Feb 4, 2016

Alumni of Britain's WWII Japanese language effort honored

Tributes have been paid to a select group of British schoolboys who studied Japanese during World War II and later went on to build enduring ties between the two countries. Dignitaries gathered at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies on Monday to recall ...