Ok, in Cambridge dictionary

Japanese (n): a person from Japan. Ex: She ​married a Japanese.

The Japanese [plural] (n): the ​people of Japan. Ex: The Japanese make ​excellent ​cars.

Japanese (a): belonging to or ​relating to Japan, ​its ​people, or ​its ​language. Ex: the Japanese ​stock ​market

So, "Many Japaneses" or "Many Japanese people"? Which one is more common?

I feel that "Many Japaneses" is a bit strange

  • "Many Japanese" or "many Japanese people".
    – The Photon
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 1:13
  • I hope you mean "many Japanese". There is no "many Japaneses".
    – user3169
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 3:19

2 Answers 2


The word Japanese is used as a singular and plural noun; it's incorrect to say Japaneses as a plural noun.

You can say either many Japanese (as a plural noun) or many Japanese people (as an adjective), but I think the latter is more common.


As a native speaker, "Many Japanese people" would be my preferred choice. Your meaning is very clearly stated in using it. I'm not sure as to why, but I find using "Japanese" as a noun to refer to the people of Japan without the definite article to be really strange to the ear.

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