Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 125 million speakers, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family. Relations to other language groups are debated. Japanese shows in its proto-form strong similarities to Southeast Asian languages. A 2015 analysis using the Automated Similarity Judgment Program resulted in the Japonic languages being grouped with the Ainu and then with the Austroasiatic languages. Relations to Korean or to the now discredited Altaic family are seen as obsolete.
Japanese is an agglutinative, mora-timed language with simple phonotactics, a pure vowel system, phonemic vowel and consonant length, and a lexically significant pitch-accent. Word order is normally subject-object-verb with particles marking the grammatical function of words, and sentence structure is topic-comment. Sentence-final particles are used to add emotional or emphatic impact, or make questions. Nouns have no grammatical number or gender, and there are no articles. Verbs are conjugated, primarily for tense and voice, but not person. Japanese equivalents of adjectives are also conjugated. Japanese has a complex system of honorifics with verb forms and vocabulary to indicate the relative status of the speaker, the listener, and persons mentioned.
The learning Japanese language can open quite a number of doors for the person. One can think of applying for the job of a teacher, freelancer, and interpreter or as a translator. Academic qualification and proficiency in a foreign language can open the gates for career in sectors such as tourism, embassies, diplomatic service entertainment, public relations and mass communication, international organizations, publishing, interpretation and translation, etc. Also, there are a number of multinational corporate bodies who are in a constant need of candidates who possess excellent language skills in foreign languages.
There is also the option of becoming an online content writer, technical translator or decoder. There are organizations like the United Nations Organization (UNO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and various Indian national organizations such as Ministry of External Affairs, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) etc who are inconstant need of professionals who specialize in foreign languages.
On becoming a translator there is an option of working as a scientific literary, technical or business. Research firms, translation bureaus, publishing houses, international organizations, hotel industry, travel and tourism sector and many more also required professional with good foreign language skills. .