Ainu, First Peoples of Japan

Ainu, First Peoples of Japan

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The Ainu arrived in Japan maybe 14,000 years ago, 10,000 years before the Japanese. They were killed, enslaved and driven off their lands, taking refuge in the northern islands of Japan where they now number less than 25,000. The Ainu or the Aynu (Ainu アィヌ Russian: Айны Ajny), are an indigenous people of Japan (Hokkaido, and formerly northeastern Honshu) and Russia (Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands and formerly the Kamchatka Peninsula).

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