The 10 most common Japanese last names

Last week, I posted about a JT story that researched the complexity of the historically super long Japanese naming system. I also asked if you could guess what the 10 most common Japanese last names were. Here are the answers:

1. Sato 2. Suzuki 3. Takahashi 4. Tanaka 5. Watanabe 6. Ito 7. Yamamoto 8. Nakamura 9. Kobayashi 10. Kato

Japan has 100,000 last names, compared to about a million in the US, several thousand in China, and 200 in Korea.

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2 thoughts on “The 10 most common Japanese last names

  1. I’m quite surprised by the number of Korean last names. I wonder what the 10 most common Korean names are. I guess I’ll research that and start Seoul Passion fruit (.com). Or Seoul Cantaloupe or Seoul Lychee Soju.