The lawsuit, which seeks to allow Ainu People to fish for salmon under their Indigenous rights, is the first of its kind in Japan
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In a recent Press Conference held in Tokay, Japan, representatives from the Raporo Ainu Nation from Japan, the Haida Nation from Canada, and the Saami Council from Europe explained the Ainu Nation’s legal struggle with the Japanese government to secure Indigenous fishing rights.
The lawsuit was filed in 2020 by the Raporo Ainu Nation in Urahoro, Hokkaido and still ongoing.
A press note by the journalists’ association, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) said the speakers also discussed “the challenges to Indigenous peoples worldwide who are fighting for their traditional rights.”
The speakers at the press conference were Masaki Sashima, President of Raporo Ainu Nation (Japan); Aslak Holmberg (Aslak Holmberg (Sámi; ICCA Consortium Honorary member), President of the Saami Council (Europe); and Russ Jones, Hereditary chief of the Haida Nation (Canada). FCCJ hosted the press conference in their Tokyo office on May 29, 2023.