9.7. Do Japanese people have middle names?
No, Japanese citizens never have middle names. Although foreigners may
use middle names in Japan, middle names for the Japanese themselves
are completely unheard of in Japan, and documentation such as forms,
passports, and family registries (equivalent to marriage and birth
certificates) have no place to write a middle name. Some Japanese
people may affect a middle initial when writing their names in roman
letters, such as "Junko H. Watanabe", but this is not a part of their
See also 9.3. How do Japanese names work?
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