FEATURE: Autobiography helps pass down unspoken hardships of Ainu

October 28, 2015 5:33 am 

TOKYO, Oct. 24 — A descendant of an Ainu resident of the southern part of Sakhalin Island, once part of Japan but now belonging to Russia, has written about the hardships she faced because of her origin when her family fled to Japan in the aftermath of World War II.

Yoko Abe, 82, was born and raised in the village of Ochiho, part of what was then called Minami Karafuto, until she was 15. Her family fled the village, now called Lesnoe, following the advance of Soviet troops in August 1945.

"I wanted to record what I experienced…although some (of my relatives) opposed it," she said, recalling the wish she had held since her late teens. (PNA/Kyodo)

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