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Japan Life

As at July 1998, the population of Japan is estimated to be at 125,931,533 people. Due to the mountainous condition of the island, Japan's population density is very high, at 333.7 person per sq km.

Japanese is the official language. Some English is spoken in major cities. Linguists are not sure about the exact origins of the Japanese language. It is believed to be linked to the Altaic language family (Turkish, Mongolian) but also shows similarities to Austronesian languages like Polynesian. Women speak a different Japanese from men. There are many words that are which are peculiar to either women or men. Children, too, speak differently.

The writing system of the Japanese language is very complicated. There are three different kinds of writings –Kanji (Chinese characters), Hiragana and Katakana.Texts can be written in two ways, either horizontally from the top to the bottom, or vertically starting in the upper right corner and proceeding to the left. This is the traditional and still the common way in which books are written.

Japan today enjoy complete freedom in the exercise of their beliefs. Religions in Japan are classified into Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity, and miscellaneous religions. Shinto is essentially indigenous, but has been heavily influenced by Buddhist ideas and practices. Miscellaneous religions are mostly the so-called New Religions. Confucianism, has functioned primarily in the sphere of moral precepts rather than as an organized religion.


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