Facebook has grown at a tremendous rate in Japan over the past four years, jumping from just over 200,000 users in 2008 to more than 6 million by the end of 2011. In the process, Japan has generated one of the social network’s highest annual growth rates of 254 percent, second only to Brazil.

The translation of the site into Japanese gives non-native speakers a nice glimpse at how the language works; the online space requires adaptations of existing language patterns to fit the new areas of social interaction, and it is a great place to expose yourself to the language.

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