Aug 29, 2014

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 Thursday. The Cabinet Secretariat will request about ¥7 million in the budget for the nationwide survey planned for fiscal 2015 ...

Jun 16, 2014

Ainu center operations policy gets Cabinet OK

The Cabinet has approved a basic policy for managing an Ainu culture center being planned in Hokkaido. The center, tentatively called the Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony, will be opened to the public around the same time as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ...

May 30, 2014

Hokkaido Ainu culture center to be built by '20

The government hopes to open a center for Ainu culture in Hokkaido before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, sources said. A basic policy on how to manage the center will be set out at a Cabinet meeting in June, informed sources said Thursday. ...

Obama given traditional garment by Hokkaido Ainu Association

Apr 23, 2014

Obama given traditional garment by Hokkaido Ainu Association

The Hokkaido Ainu Association has sent U.S. President Barack Obama an Ainu traditional garment as a gift to mark his visit to Japan. Tadashi Kato, director of the Sapporo-based association, came up with the idea in the hopes that Obama’s awareness of the Ainu ...

Girl embraces Ainu dance, shivers her timbers

Feb 21, 2014

Girl embraces Ainu dance, shivers her timbers

by Eriko Aoyagi

Ayaka Ono is not an Ainu but has long been fascinated by the indigenous inhabitants of Hokkaido. Last year, she even became a performer of one of their traditional dances. The 18-year-old, currently a sophomore at a high school in Kushiro, eastern Hokkaido, is ...

Sep 19, 2013

Hokkaido mulls museum revamp, new name to reflect Ainu perspective

Hokkaido is considering overhauling historical displays at its prefectural museum to showcase the indigenous Ainu people, who were deprived of their livelihoods and culture through the island’s development. The Historical Museum of Hokkaido, which in Japanese is called Hokkaido Kaitaku Kinenkan (Hokkaido Pioneer Memorial ...

Jul 12, 2013

Ainu group gives up fielding candidates in poll

A political group launched in January 2012 with the ambition of becoming a bona fide party to better represent the indigenous Ainu has given up its plan to field 10 candidates in the July 21 Upper House election after failing to collect sufficient campaign ...