Japanese is not known to be linked directly with any other language. It uses some Chinese characters but Chinese and Japanese are very different languages. It has similarities with Korean and even with Turkish - but these similarities are not strong enough to define the heritage of the language. It has a system of 'honourifics' which grammatically reflect the status of the speaker.
There are approximately 130 million speakers of Japanese - mainly living in Japan.
Japanese is a complex language to handle. It has three main different types of characters:
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