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Japan govt to grant 660 m. yen in Ainu-related subsidies

  • September 30, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 11:53 a.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)–The Cabinet Office decided Monday to provide subsidies totaling 660 million yen to 12 municipalities in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, and the city of Matsusaka in the central prefecture of Mie under a law introduced in May to support Ainu indigenous people.

 

The funds will be used for Ainu culture and tourism promotion, according to the Japanese government agency.

 

The city of Kushiro, eastern Hokkaido, will receive some 130 million yen for managing the intellectual property of Ainu pattern designs and promoting the Akanko Ainu Kotan, a preserved Ainu settlement near Lake Akan.

 

Some 100 million yen will go to the town of Biratori, southern Hokkaido, helping finance 15 projects, including the establishment of a cenotaph for the ethnic minority group and data management for exhibits and other items kept at the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum.

 

Matsusaka is the birthplace of Takeshiro Matsuura (1818-1888), an explorer in the late Edo period to the Meiji era, who is known to have named the northernmost Japan prefecture as Hokkaido. The city is set to host a special exhibit at a memorial museum there for the explorer.

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