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Ainu: Japanese Aboriginals

I collected some articles for bloodsong1 about Japanese aboriginals
First, Wikipedia! Ainu people

Origins of the Ainu by Gary Crawford

The Ainu of Japan: The History, Culture, and Discrimination Against this Aboriginal Group

Basically
"The Ainu are a people with a cultural and racial background which is different from that of the ethnic Japanese. They have been populating Hokkaido, northern Tohoku, the Kurile Islands and Sakhalin, but today only a small population remains mainly in Hokkaido.

According to one of several theories, the Ainu are descendants of Mongoloid migrants who entered the Japanese islands before the Jomon period. They were later displaced and assimilated, when the ethnic Japanese expanded their territory northernwards.

In the Meiji Period (1868-1912), the Ainu received the status of "former aboriginals", but suffered under official discrimination for some years. In 1997, a new law was passed which provides funds for the research and promotion of Ainu culture."

Comments

This is fascinating, and the prejudice does not surprise me. The Japanese are notoriously insular and do not treat immigrants well. You may speak the language and know the customs, but if you're not Nihon, you are gaijin and therefore inferior. They're just so POLITE about it.
Of course, we can't be too judgemental. They copied some of their government policies from how the US has handled Native Americans.
True! We Americans are just as bad, and if "Australia" can be believed, so can the British.

Prejudice is a sad fact of human nature.

But you have to admit, the Japanese are very polite about their prejudices. ^_^