Discovery: Third DNA Group For Japanese Ancestry

Approximately 71 percent of modern Japanese people's ancestry comes from the newly identified Kofun period population. Shigeki Nakagome

DNA Analysis Rewrites Ancient History of Japan

by Livia Gershon/

The ancestors of modern Japanese populations hailed from three distinct groups that arrived on the island during three different periods, a new DNA analysis finds.

Previous research had identified two ancestor groups: hunter-gatherers who lived in Japan 15,000 years ago (and possibly much earlier) and farmers who migrated from East Asia starting around 900 B.C.E., reports Harry Baker for Live Science. The new findings, published in the journal Science Advances, show that a third group arrived during the Kofun period (around 300 to 700 C.E.), confirming a theory that some researchers had already raised.

“Archaeological evidence has long suggested three stages of migration, but the last one has largely been ignored,” Mikael Adolphson, a historian at the University of Cambridge who was not involved with the study, tells Live Science. “This new finding confirms what many of us knew, but it is good that we now get evidence also from the medical field.”

Evidence suggests that humans lived in Japan as early as 38,000 years ago. While little is known about these individuals, they may have been the ancestors of hunter-gatherers who created pottery during the Jōmon period, which spanned 13,000 to 300 B.C.E.

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    “All the primary temples were built in a circular form. This can be seen today amongst the descendants of an early exodus (from Egypt) —namely, the Chinese, Koreans,and old Japanese, who are all Stellar Cult people, and that is the reason we find so many signs and symbols identically the same as we use amongst them—the signs and symbols of the Stellar Cult Lesser Mysteries.
    But of late years some of the Solar Cult people and their doctrines have migrated into these countries and so corrupted the pure Stellar Cult.”
    “The stars were used by the Egyptians to form uranographic pictures on the canvas of the heavens that were imperishable, to illustrate the Mysteries that were unvisualized.”
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    If all the Churches of every denomination recognized knew, and preached the Truth,we should have a pure religion which all would believe in, and a higher, nobler and better type of human would be evolved, with the result that the brotherhood of man would be more firmly cemented together than by any other means.”

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