Why do the Indigenous Japanese Hokkaido Ainus also lives in the Far Northeast part of Russia too besides Hokkaido Island of Japan?
- John PLv 71 week ago
Why not? Many different ethnic groups live in several parts of the world. In Europe, within a thousand miles or less, you find people of Celtic heritage in Scotland, Ireland, France, The UK, and Spain and Portugal - most of which are countries which need sea crossings of 50 to 300 miles for trade with each other.
In times past, countries and borders were very different from how they are today. In continental Europe there are many ethnic groups which are scattered across several countries.
- AndrewLv 73 weeks ago
Because the modern borders that exist today didn't exist at the time that the Ainu were the dominant and most numerous people in the region. When the Russian Empire expanded eastward to swallow up what is today far eastern Russia, the region was sparsely populated - even more so than it is today. The Ainu occupied the peninsulae and islands off the coast and they were embedded as far south as the northernmost Japanese islands. Many peoples who don't have their own country are scattered over the territory of several different countries. A perfect example would be the Sami who occupy a territory that covers parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
- Ronald 7Lv 73 weeks ago
Migration my good friend
The Grass is always greener !!
- az_lenderLv 73 weeks ago
The northern tip of Hokkaido is only maybe 30 miles from the southern tip of the Russian island of Sakhalin, and in times of lower sea levels, the distance (if any!) was smaller.