Japan enacted legislation Friday aimed at protecting and promoting the culture of the Ainu ethnic minority through financial assistance, while at the same time stipulating for the first time that they are an “indigenous” people.
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The Ainu people have long been repressed by a forced-assimilation policy which has resulted in significant income and education gaps.
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