Indigenous rights and the ‘harmony olympics’

Tessa Morris-Suzuki*

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    The dynamics of Japan’s indigenous rights struggles are not well understood, but the 2020 Tokyo games may spark serious debate on restoring and promoting the social, cultural, economic and political rights of the Ainu people. It appears that people from throughout Japan and the worl d curi ous about Ainu culture may be disappointed in the Olympic ceremonies and the new Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park that opens in 2020. The Olympic moment offers an opportunity to embrace diversity, but probably will highlight the limits of the Japanese state’s willingness to recognise the rights of Ainu as indigenous people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5346
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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