The Japanese language is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan. It is a member of the Japonic language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean and the Ryukyuan languages, is debated. Japanese has a complex system of honorifics with verb forms and vocabulary to indicate the relative status of the speaker, the listener, and persons mentioned.

Japanese is written with a combination of three different scripts: hiragana (ひらがな), katakana (カタカナ), and kanji (漢字). The Latin alphabet, rōmaji (ローマ字), is also often used in modern Japanese, especially for company names and logos, advertising, and when entering Japanese text into a computer.

Japanese has a great variety of dialects and regional accents. The standard language, or kyōtsūgo (共通語), is based on the Tokyo dialect.

Japanese is a language rich in loanwords from other languages. These words are known as gairaigo (外来語). The large majority of these words are borrowed from English, though other languages, such as Chinese, have also contributed to the language.

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