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Japan Recognizes Indigenous Group

Ainu community leader Aku Sawai uses a ritual bowl and stick in prayers to the god of the hearth. He played a key role in lobbying Japan's parliament to pass a resolution recognizing the Ainu as indigenous people.
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Ainu community leader Aku Sawai uses a ritual bowl and stick in prayers to the god of the hearth. He played a key role in lobbying Japan's parliament to pass a resolution recognizing the Ainu as indigenous people.

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Corrected: August 15, 2008 at 12:06 PM PDT
The story said, "Japan’s parliament finally passed a resolution last month officially recognizing the Ainu as an indigenous people" The resolution was passed in June.
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