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Japanese, the official language of Japan, is spoken by 128 million people, making it the ninth most spoken language in the world. The exact origins of Japanese are unknown. Ancient Chinese documents contain a few Japanese words, and some believe it is in the same language family as Korean, but no one is certain. The 1,200-year history of the language is divided into five periods, stretching from before 800 A.D. to today. Since Japan was isolated from the rest of the world for centuries, the country developed a unique culture free from foreign influence. We can better understand Japan’s history, traditions, cuisine, music, and art with a thorough knowledge of its language. The Japanese language also opens up business opportunities; this is important because Japan has the third-largest economy worldwide. And it's a great language for fans of manga, anime, and Japanese video games, as those who know Japanese can access much more material in these genres.