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Japan’s top 100 most common family names

While the U.S. has about one million surnames and Finland is the world’s largest by population, Japan has more than 100,000 surnames in use, which pales in comparison to China’s thousands and Korea’s mere 200.

Here is a list of the top 100 most commonly used surnames in Japan and the five most commonly used surnames in each of the 47 prefectures, in descending order.

    1.Sato
    2.Suzuki
    3.Takahashi
    4.Watanabe
    5.Tanaka
    6.Ito
    7.Nakamura
    8.Yamamoto
    9.Kobayashi
    10.Kato
    11.Yamada
    12.Sasaki
    13.Yoshida
    14.Matsumoto
    15.Inoue
    16.Kimura
    17.Yamaguchi
    18.Saito
    19. Hayashi
    20.Shimizu
    21.Fujita
    22.Ogawa
    23.Goto
    24.Okada
    25.Hasegawa
    26.Yamazaki
    27.Mori
    28.Abe
    29.Ikeda
    30.Nakajima
    31.Maeda
    32.Murakami
    33.Kondo
    34.Ishii
    35.Saito (different kanji)
    36.Hashimoto
    37.Yamashita
    38.Ishikawa
    39.Sakamoto
    40.Endo
    41.Aoki
    42.Fujiwara
    43.Okamoto
    44.Ueda
    45.Morita
    46.Hara
    47.Shibata
    48.Sakai
    49.Kudo
    50.Kinoshita
    51.Noguchi
    52.Matsuo
    53.Yokoyama
    54.Miyazaki
    55.Miyamoto
    56.Uchida
    57.Takagi
    58.Ando
    59.Taniguchi
    60.Ohno
    61.Matsuda
    62.Nakagawa
    63.Nakano
    64.Harada
    65.Ono
    66.Tamura
    67.Fujii
    68.Nishimura
    69.Fukuda
    70.Ota
    71.Miura
    72.Takeuchi
    73.Kaneko
    74.Wada
    75.Nakayama
    76.Ishida
    77.Maruyama
    78.Imai
    79.Takada
    80. Fujimoto
    81.Takeda
    82.Murata
    83.Ueno
    84.Hirano
    85.Kojima
    86.Otsuka
    87.Chiba
    88.Kubo
    89.Matsui
    90.Iwasaki
    91.Sakurai
    92.Nomura
    93.Kikuchi
    94.Sano
    95.Sugiyama
    96.Masuda
    97.Sugawara
    98.Sugimoto
    99.Arai
    100.Onishi
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