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n. pl. Ainu or Ai·nus
1. A member of an indigenous people of Japan, now inhabiting parts of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands.
2. The language of the Ainu.

[Ainu aynu, person.]
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npl -nus or -nu
1. (Peoples) a member of the aboriginal people of Japan, now mostly intermixed with Mongoloid immigrants whose skin colour is more yellowish
2. (Languages) the language of this people, sometimes tentatively associated with Altaic, still spoken in parts of Hokkaido and elsewhere
[Ainu: man]
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(ˈaɪ nu)

n., pl. -nus, (esp. collectively) -nu.
1. a member of a people of E Asia, who lived in recent historical times on Hokkaido, S Sakhalin, and the Kurile Islands.
2. the language of the Ainus, not closely affiliated with any other language.
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There has also been a push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bring gender equality into view in foreign policy circles, whilst at home the government has recently declared it will more formally acknowledge the rights of the indigenous Ainu people. All of these emphases mirror publicly stated values here in New Zealand too.
According to Maruyama, other Ainu factions such as the Sakhalin Ainu Association, Monbetsu Ainu Association, and Citizens Alliance for the Examination of Ainu Policy were also left in the dark, which is inconsistent with international human rights standards that demand "free, prior and informed consent." He believes that by avoiding an array of Ainu perspectives the government continues to colonize the Ainu people. "The Ainu can hardly reflect their own opinions on issues that affect them," he stressed.
The brothers, along with 27-year-olds Amu and Hannako, were kept at the Hokkaido museum to show how the indigenous Ainu people once killed adult bears and stole their offspring to keep as pets.
The brothers, along with 27-year-olds Amu and Hannako, were kept at the Hokkaido A-museum to show how the A-indigenous Ainu people once killed adult bears and stole their offspring to keep as pets.
He explained how originally only the Ainu people and animals lived in Hokkaido.
Trading routes are known to have existed with the Ainu people of Hokkaido in northern Japan via Sakhalin in Russia, marking what would be the northeastern extremity of the Silk routes.
And she's also making friends, whether it's birdwatchers, Army sergeants or native Ainu people. Anyone who meets her just falls a little bit in love: fact.
SAPPORO - A political party launched in January last year to better represent Japan's indigenous Ainu people has given up its plan to field 10 candidates in the House of Councillors election after failing to collect sufficient campaign funds.
Kindai hoppo shi: Ainu minzoku to josei to [Modern history of the northern regions : The Ainu people and women].
The panel on security and defense capabilities and the expert panel on policies for the indigenous Ainu people were abolished, but they are expected to be revived under different names.
The new additions include a traditional Ainu dance in Hokkaido, northern Japan, performed by the indigenous Ainu people in the area, and ''Gagaku,'' one of Japan's traditional performing arts characterized by long, slow songs and dance-like movements, according to the agency.
The director of the Sican National Museum, Carlos Elera, told the El Comercio newspaper that Shinoda found that people who lived more than 1,000 years ago in what today is the Lambayeque region, about 800 kilometers north of Lima, had genetic links to the contemporaneous populations of Ecuador, Colombia, Siberia, Taiwan and to the Ainu people of northern Japan.