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Japanese people

Japanese people
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Total population
c. 129 million
Regions with significant populations
 Japan   125 million
Significant Japanese diaspora in:
 Brazil 1,600,000
 United States 1,304,286
 China (PRC) 140,134
 Philippines 120,000
 Canada 109,740
 Australia 71,013
 Thailand 67,424
 Argentina 65,000
 United Kingdom 63,017
 Germany 36,960
 France 30,947
 South Korea 28,320
 Mexico 28,100
 Singapore 23,000
 Malaysia 22,000
 Hong Kong 21,297
 Taiwan (ROC) 20,373
 Micronesia 20,000
 Bolivia 14,000
 New Zealand 13,447
 Italy 12,156
 Indonesia 11,263
 Vietnam 9,468
  Switzerland 8,499
 New Caledonia 8,000
 Spain 7,046
 Paraguay 7,000
 Netherlands 6,616
 Belgium 6,519
 Marshall Islands 6,000
 India 5,554
 Palau 5,000
 Macau 4,200
 Peru 3,949


Japanese, Portuguese, English
Predominantly Mahayana (Buddhism in Japan), Shinto and Non-religion
Minority Japanese new religions, other religions

^ note: The population of naturalized Japanese people and their descendants is unknown. Only the number of the permanent residents with Japanese nationality is shown.


Japanese people ( Nihonjin?) are an ethnic group native to Japan. Japanese people make up 98.5% of the total population of their country. Worldwide, approximately 129 million people are of Japanese descent; of these, approximately 125 million are residents of Japan. People of Japanese ancestry who live in other countries are referred to as the Japanese diaspora (日系人 Nikkeijin?). The term ethnic Japanese may also be used in some contexts to refer to particular ethnic groups, including the Yamato (the dominant ethnic group, comprising over 120 million), Ainu, and Ryukyuan people.

The Japanese language is a Japonic language that in the past was treated as a language isolate; it is related to the Ryukyuan languages. The Japanese language has a tripartite writing system using Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Domestic Japanese people use primarily Japanese for daily interaction. The adult literacy rate in Japan exceeds 99%.

Japanese religion has traditionally been syncretic in nature, combining elements of Buddhism and Shinto (Shinbutsu-shūgō). Shinto, a polytheistic religion with no book of religious canon, is Japan's native religion. Shinto was one of the traditional grounds for the right to the throne of the Japanese imperial family, and was codified as the state religion in 1868 (State Shinto), but was abolished by the American occupation in 1945. Mahayana Buddhism came to Japan in the sixth century and evolved into many different sects. Today, the largest form of Buddhism among Japanese people is the Jōdo Shinshū sect founded by Shinran.


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