Yamato people

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The Yamato people or Wajin are an East Asian ethnic group and nation native to the Japanese archipelago.wikipedia
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Ryukyuan people

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The term came to be used around the late 19th century to distinguish the settlers of mainland Japan from minority ethnic groups who have settled the peripheral areas of Japan, such as the Ainu, Ryukyuans, Nivkh, Oroks, as well as Koreans, Taiwanese, and Taiwanese aborigines who were incorporated into the Empire of Japan in the early 20th century. As a result, admixture was common in the island regions of Kyūshū, Shikoku, and Honshū, but did not prevail in the outlying islands of Okinawa and Hokkaidō, and the Ryukyuan and Ainu people of Jōmon ancestry continued to dominate there.
Ryukyuans are not a recognized minority group in Japan, as Japanese authorities consider them just a subgroup of the Japanese people, akin to the Yamato people.

Ainu people

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The term came to be used around the late 19th century to distinguish the settlers of mainland Japan from minority ethnic groups who have settled the peripheral areas of Japan, such as the Ainu, Ryukyuans, Nivkh, Oroks, as well as Koreans, Taiwanese, and Taiwanese aborigines who were incorporated into the Empire of Japan in the early 20th century.
Active contact between the Wa-jin (the ethnically Japanese, also known as Yamato-jin) and the Ainu of Ezogashima (now known as Hokkaidō) began in the 13th century.

East Asian people

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The Yamato people or Wajin are an East Asian ethnic group and nation native to the Japanese archipelago.
The major ethnic groups that form the core of East Asia are the Han, Korean and Yamato.

Wajin (ancient people)

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The Wajin (also known as Wa or Wō) or Yamato were the names early China used to refer to an ethnic group living in Japan around the time of the Three Kingdoms period.
In general the Wajin that established themself on the Japanese archipelago became the Yayoi people, the ancestors of the Yamato people.

Nivkh people

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The term came to be used around the late 19th century to distinguish the settlers of mainland Japan from minority ethnic groups who have settled the peripheral areas of Japan, such as the Ainu, Ryukyuans, Nivkh, Oroks, as well as Koreans, Taiwanese, and Taiwanese aborigines who were incorporated into the Empire of Japan in the early 20th century.
After the Treaty of Nerchinsk in 1689, they functioned as intermediaries between the Russians, Manchu and Japanese, also with the Ainu who were vassals of the Japanese.

Japanese people

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"Japanese people" or even "Japanese-Japanese" are often used instead, although these terms also have complications owing to their ambiguous blending of notions of ethnicity and nationality.
The term ethnic Japanese is used to refer to mainland Japanese people, specifically the Yamato.

Shimotsuke Province

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Some other pairs of historical provinces of Japan exhibit similar sharing of one etymological element, such as Kazusa (
The area of Shimotsuke is mentioned frequently in the Nara period Rikkokushi, including the Nihon Shoki and had strong connections with the Yamato court since the Kofun period.

Eugenics in Japan

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The concept of "pure blood" as a criterion for the uniqueness of the Yamato minzoku began circulating around 1880 in Japan, around the time some Japanese scientists began investigations into eugenics.
The concept of pureblood as a criterion for the uniqueness of the Yamato people began circulating around 1880 in Japan, while eugenics in the sense of instrumental and selective procreation, clustered around two positions concerning blood, the pure blood and the mixed blood .

Koreans in Japan

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The term came to be used around the late 19th century to distinguish the settlers of mainland Japan from minority ethnic groups who have settled the peripheral areas of Japan, such as the Ainu, Ryukyuans, Nivkh, Oroks, as well as Koreans, Taiwanese, and Taiwanese aborigines who were incorporated into the Empire of Japan in the early 20th century.

Hokkaido

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As a result, admixture was common in the island regions of Kyūshū, Shikoku, and Honshū, but did not prevail in the outlying islands of Okinawa and Hokkaidō, and the Ryukyuan and Ainu people of Jōmon ancestry continued to dominate there.
The Matsumae clan were of Yamato descent like other ethnic Japanese people, whereas the Emishi of northern Honshu were a distinctive group related to the Ainu.

Yamato Province

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People of Yamato Province incorporated native Japanese as well as Chinese and Korean migrants. The name was applied to the Imperial House of Japan or "Yamato Court" that existed in Japan in the 4th century, and was originally the name of the region where the Yamato people first settled in Yamato Province (modern-day Nara Prefecture).

Jōmon people

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According to Hanihara, modern Japanese lineages began with Jōmon people, who moved into the Japanese archipelago during Paleolithic times from their homeland in southeast Asia, followed by a second wave of immigration, from northeast Asia to Japan during the Yayoi period. The most well-regarded theory is that present-day Yamato Japanese are descendants of both the indigenous Jōmon people and predominantly the immigrant Yayoi people.
The Yamato Japanese are mostly descended from the Yayoi people but also have admixture from the Jōmon people.

Ryukyu Islands

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Early Chinese dynastic histories refer to a Zhūrúguó 侏儒國 "pygmy/dwarf country" located south of Japan, associated with possibly Okinawa Island or the Ryukyu Islands.
Some Ryukyuans and some Japanese feel that people from the Ryukyus are different from the majority Yamato people.

Yamato period

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What is certain is that Yamato clans had major advantages over their neighbouring clans in the 6th century.

Koreans

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They are related to other modern East Asians, particularly Koreans and Chinese.
Koreans also show a close genetic relationship with other modern East Asians such as the Han Chinese and Japanese and with Neolithic specimens recovered from Chertovy Vorota Cave in Primorsky Krai.

Imperial House of Japan

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The name was applied to the Imperial House of Japan or "Yamato Court" that existed in Japan in the 4th century, and was originally the name of the region where the Yamato people first settled in Yamato Province (modern-day Nara Prefecture).

An Investigation of Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus

Some statements in the document coincide with the then-publicly espoused concept of Yamato people; however, much of the work borrowed heavily from German National Socialist racial, political and economic theories, including mention of the "Jewish question" and inclusion of racist anti-Jewish political cartoons, although Japan had a rather negligible and largely overlooked Jewish minority.

Ethnic groups of Japan

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Yamato - The Yamato people are the dominant native ethnic group of Japan and because of their numbers, the term Yamato is often used interchangeably with the term Japanese.

Yayoi people

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The most well-regarded theory is that present-day Yamato Japanese are descendants of both the indigenous Jōmon people and predominantly the immigrant Yayoi people.
The modern Yamato people are predominantly descendants of the Yayoi people and closely related to other modern East Asians, particularly Koreans and Han Chinese.

Yamato nadeshiko

Nadeshikoa gentle and obedient wifeideal Japanese woman
It is a floral metaphor, combining the words Yamato, an ancient name for Japan, and nadeshiko, a delicate frilled pink carnation called Dianthus superbus, whose kanji translate into English as "caressable child".

Han Chinese

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They are related to other modern East Asians, particularly Koreans and Chinese.
Han Chinese show a close genetic relationship with other modern East Asians such as the Koreans and Yamato.

Japanese language

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The original language of Japan, or at least the original language of a certain population that was ancestral to a significant portion of the historical and present Japanese nation, was the so-called yamato kotoba (大和言葉 or infrequently 大和詞, i.e. "Yamato words"), which in scholarly contexts is sometimes referred to as wago (和語 or rarely 倭語, i.e. the "Wa language").

Ethnic group

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The Yamato people or Wajin are an East Asian ethnic group and nation native to the Japanese archipelago.