For native English speakers Japanese is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. Even though Japan is the only country which has Japanese as an official language it can still claim about 125 million native speakers, mostly in Japan but also with sizeable numbers in places like Hawaii and Brazil. Due to the geographical proximity to Korea and China, Japanese has some influences from both Chinese and Korean. Learners of Japanese will have to learn multiple writing systems and honorifics but will not have to deal with grammatical gender and articles. Most non-heritage speakers tend to learn Japanese because of their interest in the culture of Japan, although considering the economic prominence of Japan it is also a great language to learn for business.
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Emperor of Japan before, during, and after WWII.
Famous for writing Norwegian Wood.
Watanabe has appeared in Letters from Iwo Jima, The Last Samurai, Inception, and Batman Begins.
Won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature