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Note: This list is sorted by households number in Japan.tip The more households there are, the more famous and common the surname is.

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Suffixes attached to names that Japanese people consider to be important

Suffixes attached to names that Japanese people consider to be important

In Japan, you might encounter the situation that people use suffixes to attach to their names. We tend not to call someone’s name without suffixes unless she/he is your close friend or family member.

For instance, when you were introduced to Mr. Kenji Yamada at the first meeting, you wouldn’t say him ‘hi, how are you Kenji?” It seems friendly to some people but sounds like a bit impolite .

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Most common Okinawa family names

Most common Okinawa family names

Have you been to Okinawa?
Okinawa is the most western part of Japan and has a population of 1.45 million. It is composed of 37 inhabited remote islands with magnificent nature. Many people from the Japanese mainland migrate to Okinawa for the amazing nature.
Also, it is a very popular holiday destination for Japanese people, as well as for weddings and honeymoons.

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“Seimei-Handan” – Fortunetelling based on your name

“Seimei-Handan” – Fortunetelling based on your name

Choosing a favorite baby name can feel intimacy and affectionate. When parents name their children, they put a lot of thoughts and consideration into it.

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Cool Japanese last names

Cool Japanese last names

Today, let me introduce some cool last names that are loved globally. For each last name I’ve listed a few common kanji combinations and the kanji meanings.
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How creative and artistic Japanese naming can be

How creative and artistic Japanese naming can be

Would you be surprised if I said Japanese people can actually “create” names when they name their children? That’s the most extraordinary thing about naming in Japanese. Today, I want to tell you about how creative, even artistic, you can be in creating a Japanese first name.
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Supporting Ukraine Kids together

As the situation in Ukraine escalates, I feel with emotions too overwhelming to name. There are many children in Ukraine whose homes have been destroyed and without food and water. Gentle support is needed.

Please donate to Save the Children.

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For the kind Russian people

Apparently this isn't broadcast on Russian TV, but what the Russian government is doing isn't actually a peacekeeping operation, but is more correctly described as an invasion and looting of your relative's country, Ukraine.

The only power that can change the reality in Ukraine is for the Russian people to speak out. Please touch the world media outside of Russia to see how your government is causing the tragic situation. Thank you for a peaceful world!

e.g. UNICEF, Red Cross