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President Tadashi Kato of Hokkaido Ainu Association First Visited the Council of Indigenous Peoples

  • 更新時間:2018/07/23 11:11:04

9 people, including Tadashi Kato, president of Hokkaido Ainu Association, and Yukio Sato, director of Affairs Bureau of the Association along with Kentaro Murata from Ainu Integrated Policy Office, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan as well as Teruki Tsunemoto, director of Hokkaido Ainu Indigenous Peoples Research Center, visited the Council of Indigenous Peoples at 10 am of today (27th). It was presided over by Icyang Parod, the director of the Council, expecting to maintain friendly partnership with Japan in the future and continue the past friendship. It is also hoped that they could learn from each other in promoting the Indigenous Peoples policies in the future. Icyang, director of the Council, stated that it was the first time for Hokkaido Ainu Association to visit the Council, which truly represented the importance of the government and non-governmental organizations of Taiwan and Japan in promoting the policy of Indigenous Peoples. Also, in the past few years, both Taiwan and Japan taught and learned from each other in terms of cultural and academic fields as well as Indigenous Peoples policies, etc. Moreover, they observed the implementation of important Indigenous Peoples policies in each country.

 At the meeting, Icyang, director of the Council, and Tadashi Kato, president of Hokkaido Ainu Association, shared the construction progress of National Indigenous Peoples Museum and Japan’s “National Symbol Space” (National Indigenous Peoples Museum), and President Tadashi Kato also mentioned that they planned to visit Cheng Qing Lake, Kaohsiung, the predetermined land for National Indigenous Peoples Museum. It was expected that the visit and experience exchange this time would be conductive to the establishment of Japan’s National Indigenous Peoples Museum.

In addition, it was the third year after President Tsai, Ing-Wen apologized to Indigenous Peoples on behalf of governments on August 1, 2016, the Day of Indigenous Peoples. The Council had always been implementing Nine Policies proposed by President Tsai that attached great importance to historical justice and transitional justice of Taiwan. Nine Policies include respecting self-identity right of Plains Indigenous Peoples, reviewing on relevant laws and regulations in the principle of respecting self-identity of Plains Indigenous Peoples and acknowledging their identity so that the Plains Indigenous Peoples could obtain the rights and status they deserved. The identity recognition policies of Plains Indigenous Peoples had been an important topic of exchange between Japan and Taiwan. In response, director Icyang said that, while promoting this policy, it was also looking forward to having more policy exchanges with Japan in the future to expand the depth and breadth of bilateral exchanges.

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