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Beyond Ainu StudiesChanging Academic and Public Perspectives$
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Mark J. Hudson, Ann-Elise Lewallen, and Mark K. Watson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836979

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836979.001.0001

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The Ainu, Law, and Legal Mobilization, 1984–2009

The Ainu, Law, and Legal Mobilization, 1984–2009

(p.200) 13 The Ainu, Law, and Legal Mobilization, 1984–2009
Beyond Ainu Studies

Georgina Stevens

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter provides a review of legal rulings pertaining to Ainu, but also develops an integrated assessment of how legal mobilization both at home and abroad has leveraged Ainu claims in “shaming the state.” Ainu achieved international notoriety by exposing the Japanese government's misdeeds in United Nations meetings, and linkages established there further galvanized the movement at home. While Ainu people have rarely seen concrete legal outcomes resulting in legal redress for historical or contemporary injustices, The collective gains of legal mobilization—symbolic, political, and economic—have helped improve and empower their domestic human rights situation. The remainder of the chapter enumerates the content and potential effects of the Japanese government resolution in 2008 to recognize the Indigenous status of Ainu.

Keywords:   Ainu, Indigenous status, domestic human rights, legal mobilization, Ainu people

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