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Japanese words in English?

There are a surprisingly large number of Japanese loanwords in English, though these are concentrated in particular word categories. Here are some examples:
Arts bonsai, anime, origami, karaoke, haiku, manga, karate, judo, aikido, jujutsu Business/Politics: tycoon, Shogun, mikado Weather typhoon, tsunami ReligionZen, Shinto  Clothingkimono, obiFood sushi, satsuma, miso, tempura, saki
Oxford English Dictionary editor, John Simpson, explains here how Japanese words entered English in three distinct historical phases 


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How many countries have English as their official language?

58 countries have English as an official language - and they do not include either the UK or the USA. 

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