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Spread of the Japanese Language

Map No.

122

Japanese is spoken by roughly 126 million people in around 18 territories. Around 99% of first-language Japanese speakers live in Japan. Most of the remainder live in the United States (notably California and Hawaii), and Brazil (mostly in the states of São Paulo and Paraná).

The history of Japanese is something of a mystery, partly because its relationships with other languages remains poorly understood.

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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Japanese as a first language that live in that territory. The map removes the countries where Japanese is dominant. This map therefore only shows 0.9% of all speakers of Japanese. The territory omitted is Japan.

Definition
The maps in the 2005 language data series are made from data on the number of people speaking a language as their first-language, that is the language they would use at home.

Data sources
This map uses data several sources, the main one being Ethnologue (15th Edition, 2005). Estimating the number of speakers of a language is fraught with difficulty on several levels (last accessed January 2009). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. The language numbers we use and publish are rough estimates, and should not be taken as definitive. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modification to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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