Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday formed a parliamentary alliance to protect Mongolian culture from Chinese rule. The alliance will be led by former interior and communications minister Sana Takaichi, along with associate members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
The statement said that the goal of supporting southern Mongolia is to protect the language and culture of Mongolians who are under threat due to the policies of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Chinese Communist Party is trying to extinguish this culture. Temurlun, an ethnic Mongolian currently living in Japan, said the move would be a big message of hope for Mongolians in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region. Prior to the start of the alliance, lawmakers in Japan held a seminar to protest the non-use of Mongolian language and culture in China.
According to Japan-based Mongolian Khubis, the former president of the independent country Mongolia also consulted with Japanese lawmakers to protect Mongolian culture. On Wednesday, Xi Haiming welcomed the move. “Japanese lawmakers attach great importance to human rights abuses and abuses by the Chinese government,” Xi said. He added that since August 2020, the Chinese Communist Party has stopped teaching in Mongolian schools, which has since provoked strong protests. Young Haiying, a professor at Shizuoka University in Japan, says Japan has a special fondness for Inner Mongolians, as parts of the region were used by Japanese colonists.
Meanwhile, the Chinese language learning campaign in December 2020 targeted Mongolian adults. A March report by the People’s Daily said that the education imposed on the Mongols was unconstitutional. In its judgment, Article 4 of the Constitution states that all ethnic groups have the right to use and develop their own spoken and written language and to preserve or reform their own folklore and customs.
Meanwhile, the regional government has banned Mongolian history textbooks from the classroom. Parents say that at present no mention of Mongolian culture is allowed in schools, even in Mongolian language schools are being taught in Mandarin rather than Mongolian, as it was before.
The Mongols had previously written the language using the Cyrillic alphabet, but now plan to move away from that symbol of Soviet occupation, so that Mongolian writing can be easily read by ethnic Mongolians across the Chinese border and reinforces the notion of ethnic and cultural identity.