Published January 25, 2016
Ainu is spoken at varying levels of fluency by an unknown number of people, primarily among the roughly 15,000 members of the Ainu culture, an indigenous community of northern Japan. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Ainu speakers faced harsh persecution by the state, with legislation forbidding their language's use in the public sphere, including education. As a consequence, only 10 native speakers remain. Nevertheless, a lively revitalization movement has emerged among younger generations, with rising numbers of L2 speakers, and an Ainu-language magazine in circulation since 1997. Read more on Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/1ZZC1Cy.