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Meeting Kimura Ekasi at Biratori

Meeting Kimura Ekasi at Biratori

() On 15 October, Carmen and I met Kimura Ekasi, one of the Ainu leaders in the repatriation movement in Japan, in the town of Biratori where he was born and raised. His ancestors

A Closer Look at a Sign in Upopoy

A Closer Look at a Sign in Upopoy

() In December 2019, around 1,300 Ainu human remains were reported to be transferred to the Upopoy Memorial Site from 12 Japanese universities in accordance with the post-UNDRIP Ainu policy, despite dissenting voices

CEMiPoS Director and Journalist Visit Kamoenai

CEMiPoS Director and Journalist Visit Kamoenai

() On 14 October, I drove Carmen Grau, Spanish journalist, to the village of Kamoenai (originally called Kamuy-nai in the Ainu language) to hear local voices on the mayor's controversial decision to accept the

A Conversation with Hatakeyama Ekasi

A Conversation with Hatakeyama Ekasi

() On 6 August, CEMiPoS Director Maruyama Hiroshi and Koizumi Masahiro, Director of the Sapporo Freedom School, visited revered Ainu leader Hatakeyama Satoshi in hospital in the northern part of Hokkaido. He has been