Legal Frameworks for the Protection of Ainu Language and Culture in Japan: International and European Perspectives

  title={Legal Frameworks for the Protection of Ainu Language and Culture in Japan: International and European Perspectives},
  author={Theresa Savage and Michael Longo},
  journal={Japanese Studies},
  pages={101 - 120}
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