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The Original Japanese

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Posted: 12:41 AM JST

Discover magazine carried a very good article some ten years ago about the roots of the Japanese, showing that Koreans and Japanese share a lot more than many will feel comfortable with. "Unearthing the origins of the Japanese is a much harder task than you might guess. Among world powers today, the Japanese are the most distinctive in their culture and environment. The origins of their language are one of the most disputed questions of linguistics. These questions are central to the self-image of the Japanese and to how they are viewed by other peoples. Japan’s rising dominance and touchy relations with its neighbors make it more important than ever to strip away myths and find answers." Recent DNA research has shown that this article was on the mark. Read the full article here.

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