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The Japanese claimed they had no policy to extinct the Ainu, they said the disease is responsible for it.In Hokkaido along, indigenous Ainu in the 1700's had 80,000, in 1807 had 26,256, to 15,000 in 1868 "Ainu population dropped significantly during these years of Matsumae and shogunate rule.
However some Japanese also said his grandparents origins traces back to Hokkaido ( where most Ainu today live ).The northern Daimyos did indeed have policies that are somehow like a slow genocide.They were forbidden to use metal of any kind and so the Ainu culture fell back more and more.The Hokkaido Ainu was ruled since 14th century although the Japanese only occupied the southern part of Ainu not the northern part Ainu were they had like semi-independence status.But one thing all of them had in common was they all had suffered epidemic diseases.And another thing i his father Sawako Hirai look mostly Japanese and his Michinori Hirai mother also looks more Japanese than Ainu. Of course he can also past for Indian but is those squinty eyes that makes him look out of place.
So is very strange, that someone like him who look so Ainu can have parents that look 3x more Japanese than Ainu, very strange Actually that guy looks very Anatolian. For example Nepalese phenotypes Gy Y/Sgbo5mw W_c I/AAAAAAAAACs/f QNC-Hx VUz0/s320/model15 have to distinguish between different periods and groups here.
Most Ainu today look so Japanese that they wouldn't have problem passing in Korea.
There is Ainu living in Hokkaido and Tokyo but claim to be Japanese. Most look Japanese/Korean, some look more Ainu but mix, a small minority ( few thousand left look close to pure ) to some sources, Ken Hirai possibly a ethnic Ainu, because while his parents calls themselves Japanese they claim to have origins from Hokkaido( where most Ainu live today ) and migrated to Osaka where Ken Hirai was born Sakhalin Ainu from 2000 pure Ainu in 1868 dropped to only a official number of 109 mix race Ainu, but 1000 unofficially ( as many as 1000 population in Sakhalin could have 12.5% or 20% Ainu blood ) In 1950's Strange, except for the eyes, the guy look mediteranean to me. Look at Sri Lankan aboriginals, they look like Ainu except for the skin and albino Veddoid always look like a European Veddas D364
And another thing i his father Sawako Hirai look mostly Japanese and his Michinori Hirai mother also looks more Japanese than Ainu.
So is very strange, that someone like him who look so Ainu can have parents that look 3x more Japanese than Ainu, very strange It is interesting to know that the Sakhalin Ainu was never ruled by the Japanese until 1905.
47 years later that number was reduced to 17,810 a 32% decline. The Ainu in the 14th century were much more populous before invasions from the Japanese.