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Japanese Language Poker Software
There are over 130 million Japanese speakers worldwide. The spread of the Japanese language has been heavily influenced by migration patterns. The United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil all have large populations of Japanese speakers.
Japanese is a very old language that includes many Chinese and English loanwords. Roughly 40% of modern Japanese vocabulary is rooted in Chinese. There is a standard version of Japanese as well as many Japanese dialects spoken throughout Japan. The mountainous terrain and long history of the country are responsible for its numerous dialects.
Specific vocabulary is used in standard Japanese to designate the status of the speaker, listener and subjects of conversation. Japanese speakers often use a variation of Japanese called Romaji for entering text into computers. Written Japanese is composed of 3 character sets called Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. Japanese text is traditionally written in vertical columns from right to left.
Japanese Language Online Poker Sites
Japanese speakers can choose from many poker sites that will cater to their needs. Some poker sites serving the Japanese community include:
- Full Tilt Poker
- Poker Stars
Full Tilt Poker is a comprehensive poker site and a great option for Japanese speaking players. Full Tilt accounts can be funded from Japan by using Click2Pay and completing a bank wire. They can also be funded by performing an online banking transaction. Click2Pay and Full Tilt never assess any fees for transactions from bank accounts to Click2Pay accounts. Japanese players can always deposit at Full Tilt Poker with MasterCard and Visa credit cards, debit cards and ATM cards. The US dollar is the only currency accepted at Full Tilt Poker; however, many online wallets and banking services can instantly convert funds into USD.
The Full Tilt Poker web site is available in 18 languages including Japanese and the software can be downloaded in 14 languages. Players can only chat in English at the standard poker tables but players can chat in Japanese while participating in Japanese freerolls.
PokerStars is a popular poker provider serving Japanese speaking players. The PokerStars web site contains a language section where Japanese can be selected. Emails and customer support are also provided in Japanese.
PokerStars accounts can be funded by Japanese players using NETeller. NETeller allows players to convert funds into USD for use at PokerStars. When players cashout with PokerStars, their funds will be sent to NETeller in the original currency without any conversion fees.
Bet365 is a European based poker site that caters to international customers. The language menu can be found at the top of every page at Bet365, and many languages are offered including Japanese. Deposits are conveniently accepted in over 25 currencies including Japanese yen.
Japanese Friendly Deposit Options
Japanese poker players have many deposit options for funding accounts. Some deposit options include, Click2Pay, Credit Card, and NETeller.
Click2Pay allows Japanese depositors to transfer funds through bank wire, online banking and more.
Credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are almost always accepted and allow accounts to easily be funded.
NETeller is a leading online wallet service. The NETeller web site can be translated into Japanese. Customers can transfer funds from their NETeller account into any number of poker site accounts.
For more information visit our Japanese Poker Online guide to depositing at real money poker sites.