Japanese

How many people are native Japanese speakers?

About 128.2 million people speak Japanese natively.

How many people speak Japanese in the world?

Estimates indicate that only a few hundred thousand people speak Japanese as a second language, given its complexity, but many are present in Taiwan and South Korea because of Japanese colonization.

Origins of Japanese

Japanese is from the Japonic family of languages. It bears little relation to other languages of the area, but it does borrow a significant amount of vocabulary from Chinese.

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