Fumihiko Ishiyama on Japanese Government under the Challenge of Multiculturalism: The case of Ainu people


While many Japanese still sometimes assume that their society is ethnically homogeneous, the government has officially acknowledged that Ainu is an indigenous people of Japan and that its distinct culture should be promoted. However, this recognition has left many practical issues to be resolved. The paper briefly sketches how the Japanese government has historically responded to the situation of the Ainu people, and discusses, theoretically and practically, what can and should be done with the recognition of Ainu’s indigeneity.


About the Speaker

Professor Ishiyama graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 1984. He then completed the Master’s Program in the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics in 1986. Following that, he completed the Doctoral Program in the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics in 1991. After serving as a full-time lecturer, Assistant Professor and Professor at Daito Bunka University, he assumed his current position at Chuo University in 2009. His current research themes include the value of cultural diversity in global justice.

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