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Tokyo (Japan), Jan 15 (Canadian-Media): Japan’s deputy prime minister Taro Aso's description of the country as the only one in the world with a single race, language and 2,000-year-old monarchy was criticised for Aso's ignoring an indigenous ethnic group and Japanese racial diversity, media reports said.
“No other country but this one has lasted for as long as 2,000 years with language, one ethnic group and one dynasty,” Aso said in a speech Monday.
Indigenous Ainu people have been living in northern Japan for thousands of years and were protected and promoted in their culture by an officially recognized law enacted last year
About 2.7 million foreign residents, more than 2% of its total population of 126 million, according to government statistics live in Japan including more than 400,000 ethnic Koreans.
Last year also Aso was criticized for blaming the elderly and childless for Japan’s aging and declining population and for his comments on defending Adolf Hitler’s motives for the killing of Jews by Nazi Germany.