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The government is considering enacting a law aimed at bettering the living standards and education of the indigenous Ainu, who traditionally resided in Hokkaido, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

According to the Ainu Association of Hokkaido, led by Chairman Tadashi Kato, the government enacted legislation to promote traditional Ainu culture in 1997 but failed to provide real support for their lives and education, saying some of the measures had already been taken by the Hokkaido Prefectural Government. Kato thus approached the government in March to propose additional steps.

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