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Japanese / 日本語

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by around 126 million people, mainly in Japan, but also in smaller expatriate communities across the United States, Brazil, China, the Philippines and Canada.

While the written form of Japanese draws heavily from Chinese, the spoken language is unrelated to any other known language on Earth. Theories have attempted to link the origins of Japanese to Ural-Altai, Polynesian and Chinese linguistic branches, but none, so far, have proved conclusive.

Our specialist Japanese linguists work with our clients to facilitate communication with speakers of Japanese around the globe.


Why Use Global Language Services

  • Experienced Japanese Translators & Interpreters
  • Industry Specialism
  • Extensive Linguist Database
  • Local Demand / Local Supply Policy
  • ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation
  • BS EN 15038 Accreditation
  • Regular Staff Training
  • Rigorous Confidentiality Policies
  • Flexible Support

What Our Clients Said

“A big thank you to all concerned. Feedback from the customer is that they have been very impressed and pleased with the format.”

– Scottish Prison Service

“Well, I must say I have always been impressed with the quick responses to my requests but this is a record, just under 30 minutes. Many thanks again.”

– VIA Lothian and Borders

Did You Know?

Unlike some languages, Japanese readily absorbs foreign words. The biggest contributor to the Japanese lexicon is Chinese, with a around half of all Japanese words owing to Chinese origins.

During the last century, English has contributed the lion’s share of terms. An interesting feature of this process is the shortening and/or combining of the original English terms. Mass communications became masukomi, word processor became wāpuro and smartphone became sumaho.

Help Us Exceed Your Needs

Whether you are pitching an international marketing campaign or producing internal communications, we ask you make your brief as detailed as possible. With a detailed brief we can deliver a specially tailored translation service that fits your requirements perfectly.

Contact us today by requesting a quote, calling 0141 429 3429, or emailing mail@globallanguageservices.co.uk