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History of the Foundation's Establishment

Request from Hokkaido to the national government for the establishment of the new law

The Hokkaido Government made a request to the national government concerning the enactment of the new Ainu law, in compliance with the wishes of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido.

July 1984
The Ainu Association of Hokkaido petitions the Governor and prefectural assembly of Hokkaido for the enactment of the "Legislation concerning the Ainu people."

August 1988
The government and assembly of Hokkaido and the Ainu Association make a request to the government for the enactment of the "Legislation concerning the Ainu people."

Consideration by the national government

The national government began to consider the enactment of the legislation in response to the request from Hokkaido.
Consideration was given to the realization (implementation) of legislative and other measures based on the Report of the Experts Meeting Concerning Ainu Affairs.


December 1989
The Government Committee for Consideration of the New Ainu Law (consisting of director-class officials of the government agencies concerned) is established.
March 1995
The Experts Meeting Concerning Ainu Affairs (a private meeting of the Chief Cabinet Secretary) is established.

April 1996
A report is submitted by the Experts Meeting Concerning Ainu Affairs.

May 1996
The Liaison Conference of the Ministries and Agencies Concerned on Ainu Measures is established to ensure the realization of new legislative and other measures based on the report of the Meeting.

Outline of the report of the Meeting

[Basic ideas]

  • Building a society where the ethnic dignity of the Ainu people is respected and further development of the Japanese national culture


[Focus of measures]

  • Promotion of comprehensive and practical research on the Ainu
  • Promotion of the Ainu language and culture
  • Reproduction of traditional life style
  • Facilitating understanding


[Organization to promote the project]

  • Establishment of the Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture (tentative)


[Implementation of new measures]

  • Implementation of specific measures in accordance with new legislative measures

Establishment and designation of the Foundation

June 1997
After the preparations for the establishment were made by the Hokkaido Government, the Hokkaido Development Agency (present Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) and the Ministry of Education (present Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), which are administrative agencies in charge of this matter, approve the establishment of the Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture on June 27, as a public service corporation in accordance with Article 34 of the Civil Law. The Foundation establishes its office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on July 1, and Ainu Culture Center in Tokyo on September 13 of the same year to begin the fulfillment of its mission.

November 1997
In accordance with the Law for the Promotion of the Ainu Culture and for the Dissemination and Advocacy for the Traditions of the Ainu and the Ainu Culture, the Foundation is designated by the Hokkaido Development Agency (present Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) and the Ministry of Education (present Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) on November 26 as the sole corporation in the nation with the authority to carry out the services provided in the law.