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Unlike English, which is closely tied to Romance (e.g., Spanish, French) and Germanic languages (e.g., German), Japanese is not closely related to any other major language. In fact, until recently, it was classified as a language isolate, meaning that it is completely unique among all current world languages. Since then, linguists have found common roots between Japanese and Ryukyuan languages, which are indigenous languages spoken in southern Japan.

The Japanese word for “Japan” means “Land of the Rising Sun”. The word “Japan” is a foreign word – Japanese people call their countryにほん (Nihon) or にっぽん (Nippon), which roughly translates to “Land of the Rising Sun”.

Source: http://www.listenandlearn.org/blog/9-surprising-facts-about-the-japanese-language/