Ainu (Japan) Bible - New Testament+

Ainu (Japan) Bible - New Testament+

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Ainu (Japan) Bible - New Testament+

The Ainu language (occasionally also Ainuic; ; Ainu: アィヌ・イタㇰ, Aynu=itak; Japanese: アイヌ語, Ainu-go) is a language isolate or language family spoken by the Ainu people of Northern Japan. The varieties of Ainu are alternately considered a group of closely related languages or divergent dialects of a single language isolate. The only surviving variety is the Hokkaido Ainu, which UNESCO lists as critically endangered. Varieties from Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands are now extinct. Placename evidence suggests Ainu was also spoken in Northern Honshu in the past. No genealogical relationship between Ainu and any other language family has been demonstrated, despite numerous attempts. Because of the history of colonization policy employed by the modern Japanese government in the Hokkaido area, the number of Ainu language speakers has gradually decreased and very few people can speak the language fluently in daily life.