Group: Sinid


East Asian type that has been associated with the ancient Japanese government and nobility circles. The name derives from yakunin (Jap.: bureaucrat). Shows pseudo-Semitic features and may in blend produce Indianoid individuals. Occasionally found across Japan, although nowhere particularly common. Rare in China, where it may be linked to Tibetid elements

Physical Traits:

Light to brownish yellow skin with coarse straight to wavy hair. Rather short to medium height, macroskelic and ectomorph. Usually mesocephalic, (mildly) hypsicranic with a prominent, long and convex nose, sometimes with a broad tip. The face is narrow and elongated, the mouth small, and the eyes are almond shaped, sometimes with the Mongolian fold.


Defined and named early by Weisbach (1878), the name was kept by Ten-Kate (1902), Eickstedt (1944) and others. Klenke (1938) identified it in 6 % of Japanese Olympic athletes. Also noticed by Baelz (1883). Lundman (1967), among others, combined it with Choshiu and noted similarities with Tibetid.

Similar types:

Choshiu Ishikawa
Huanghoi Chikuzen
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