Japanese Speakers

Japanese is spoken by more than 120 million people around the world. More than 90% of the Japanese speakers are Japanese people living in Japan. Curiously, Japanese doesn't have an official status in Japan. However, it is obviously the only national language in Japan.

Japanese-speaking population outside Japan

There are nearby 120 million Japanese speakers in Japan. It was surveyed that there are 7 million Japanese speakers that spread in different countries such as:

  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • Philippines
  • People's Republic of China
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea.

Japanese speakers in United States of America

In the early years of the 19th century, Japanese populations had settled in the United States, and then a majority of the Japanese population immigrated to United States in the 2nd half of the century. There are nearby 1 ½ million Japanese-speaking populations in America now. This Japanese population is mainly concentrated in the states such as:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Washington

California has the highest Japanese groups, followed by Hawaii.

Importance of Translation

Though being migrated to a nation that has major communications in English, more than half of the American-Japanese speaking population prefers to study and communicate with each other in Japanese language. Thus, the importance of English to Japanese translations, even for Japanese people living in the United States.

The earlier generations of these populations, that had migrated to United States, were mainly workers but today, the situations have changed and Japanese immigrants that have settled in recent years have excelled in diverse professional fields than be it aerospace technology or may be politics.

Considering the potential Japanese-speaking consumer groups in the United States and their affinity towards Japanese language, the corporations interested in tapping this consumer market should use professional Japanese translation services to gain success in marketing their products and services effectively.

Japanese-speaking consumers in Brazil

The Japanese populations are observed to have settled in the last hundred years in Brazil. There are over 2 million Japanese populations in Brazil. This Japanese-speaking population is found mainly in the states of Sao Paulo and Parana in Brazil.

The earlier Japanese generations had migrated to Brazil, mainly for the better prospects as the economy of Japan was going through a bad patch during the early part of the 20th century. Also, these generations had settled in rural areas of Brazil, which on other hand has changed drastically in modern times. Today, nearly 95% of the Japanese population stays in big cities of Brazil. In Brazil, the major portion of Japanese-speaking populations follow the religion of Roman Catholicism; about 1/3 of the Japanese populations practice Shinto and Buddhism.

Japanese to Portuguese and Portuguese to Japanese are the two main types of translation services used for the connection of the two countries and their people.


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