That's why I think it's a good thing that Japan lost World War II. If Japan had won, so many others would have lost their language and culture.
Koichi Kaizawa, 60, an official at the Biratori Ainu Culture Preservation Association. In 1869, Tokyo set up the Hokkaido Colonization Board to encourage Japanese settlers to move to Hokkaido. The Ainu were eventually stripped of their land, forced to abandon hunting and fishing for farming, forbidden to speak their own language and taught only Japanese at school. That history was repeated later in Japan’s Asian colonies. (The New York Times)